June 2020 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #general #jgs-iajgs

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below. The following are the summaries for the month of June 2020.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you and your society to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert. Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


  • (Australia) National Library of Australia Launches New and Improved Trove
  • (Canada)  Quebéc's Bill 64 Proposes Sweeping Changes to Its Privacy Regime--Including the Right to be Forgotten.
  • (European Union) EU Commission Report Says Ireland and Luxembourg Need More Muscle to Police Technology Giants
  • (European Union)  EU Data Protection Board 31st Plenary Session Announcements on GDPR, NoYB and More
  • (European Union)  EU Planning Formal Antitrust Charges Against Amazon Over Treatment of Third-Party Sellers
  • (European Union)  EU Data Protection Board Updates Guidelines on GDPR Consent
  • (European Union) Gala-X German- French EU Initiative for Commercial Cloud Providers
  • (European Union)  Google Loses In French High Court- Fined $57Million Violation of GDPR
  • (European Union)  More on EU Commission Report on Evaluation of GDPR
  • (France) Conseil D'Etat Judges that CNIL Cannot Prohibit Cookie Wall Practices in Blocking Website Access if Cookies are Refused.
  • (France) French Parliament Passes Hate Speech Law Permitting Fines of Social Media Companies if they Fail To Remove Illegal Content within 24 Hours
  • (Germany)  Facebook Loses Antitrust Decision in Germany Over Data Collection
  • Google Agrees to Pay Some Publishers in Select Countries
  • International Archives Week June 8-14, 2020
  • (Netherlands) Dutch Court Rules that a Grandmother Violated GDPR by Refusing to Remove Grandchildren's Photos from Facebook and Pinterest
  • (New Zealand)  Privacy Law Passed Third reading in Parliament
  • (Northern  Ireland)  EU Court Decision Prompts Northern Ireland Police to Delete Biometric Records
  • Project Gutenberg Blocked By ISPs in Italy
  • (South  Africa) Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013
  • (Spain) Spain's Lower House to Draft 3% Digital Tax on Internet Giants
  • (UK) GPO War Heroes Fought in Both World Wars Database of Deceased
  • (US) Concerns About Politicizing the 2020 Census
  • (US) S 4051 End of Use of Warrant-Proof Encryption Legislation Introduced; Earn It Act S 3398
  • (US) USCIS Will No Longer Send Federal Register Announcement to their Subscriber List
  • (US-CA)  California Attorney General Submits Proposed Privacy Regulations to Office of Administrative Law
  • (US-CA) California Privacy Law Revision to Appear on November Ballot
  • (US-CA)  National Association of Advertisers Asks Governor Newsom to Delay Implementation of CCPA
  • (US-CA) SB 980 Privacy DNA and Illness Testing Set For Hearing on June 18 Upon Adjournment of Session
  • (US-GA) SB 372 Passes Georgia's Legislature
  • (US-Idaho)  Court Rules Transgender People Allowed to Change their Birth Certificates
  • (US-IA)  Iowa's SF 2351 Right to be Forgotten Act Dead for the Year
  • (US-MI) Senate Joint Resolution G Electronic Data and Communication Safe from Unreasonable Search and Seizure Proposed Constitutional Amendment
  • (US-NY-Yonkers) Reclaim the Records--Yonkers, NY Birth and Death Records Go Online For First time
  • (US-WA) Permanent Rule Adopted-Vital Records Rules
  • (US-WY) Wyoming Supreme Court Allows Jurisdiction in Lower Court Regarding Sex Change On Birth Certificates


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening I encourage you to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, Avotaynu, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee






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