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

Jan Meisels Allen

My apologies for sending the July 2020 summary late.


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 July 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)  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Accused Google of Misleading Consumers for Personal Information Permission


  • (Belgium)  Google Hit with 600,000 Euro Fine Over Right to be Forgotten


  • (Canada)  Canada's 2021 Census Will Have New Questions 


  • (Canada) Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Federal Law Preventing Third Parties From Demanding Genetic Information from Individuals


  • (European Union) CJEU Strikes Down Critical Data Transfer Between EU and US


  • (European Union)  EU Data Protection Board Issued Set of Frequently Asked Questions as a Result of CJEU Privacy Shield Decision


  • (European Union)   EU Council Presidency Release Progress Report on Draft ePrivacy Regulation


  • (European Union) European Data Protection Board Releases Final Version of Guidelines on the Criteria for the Right to be Forgotten


  • (European Union)  EU General Court of Reverses Apple's  €13B Tax Assessment


  • (European Union) EU Launches Antitrust Probe focusing on Voice Assistants of Amazon, Apple and Google.


  • (European Union) Facebook Takes EU Commission to Court Over Privacy Issue


  • (European Union-USA) Proposed Regulations Aimed at US Big Technology Companies : Google, Amazon Facebook, etc.


  • (Germany) Germany's Highest Court Finds For Google in Right to be Forgotten Case


  • (Germany) German Supervisory Authorities Issued Statement Requiring for Additional Safeguards on Standard Contractual Clauses


  • (Ireland)  None of Your Business Launches High Court Challenge Against Irish Data Protection Commission


  • (Japan) Tokyo Court Rules that Twitter Doesn't Need to Delete Information on Citizens Criminal History--Right to be Forgotten Case


  • (United Kingdom) Census Order and Regulations for England and Wales


  • (UK) National Archives Announces Reopening of Reading Rooms on July 21st


  • (US) 2020 Census Still In Controversy


  • (US) Census Takes Start Follow-up with Nonresponding Household in Limited Areas in July


  • (US) Department of Justice Proposes Limiting Internet Companies Protections


  • (US)  National Telecommunications and Information Administration Files Petition for Rulemaking with FCC on Behalf of Secretary of Commerce


  • (US) Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Idea that Electors Can Exercise Discretion in the Electoral College


  • (US) USCIS Final Rule on Fee Increases


  • (US-California) Google Sued for $5 Billion for Surreptitiously Collecting Information


  • (US-CA) California's Privacy Act Regulations Went Into Effect July 1st 


  • (US-CA)  California Will Have 12 Ballot Initiatives on November Ballot Including One on Consumer Privacy


  • (US CA) SB 980 SB 980 Privacy DNA and Illness Testing Further Amended


  • (US-FL) New Genetic Privacy Act Became Effective July 1, 2020


  • (US-Maine)  Federal Judge Rules In Favor of Maine's Internet Privacy Law


  • (US-Maine) Privacy Case ACA v Frey  Broadband Internet Access V Privacy of State's Broadband Users


  • (US-Maine)  Rule Adoption on Birth Record Gender Marker


  • (US-WA) Seattle National Archives Move Still in Limbo


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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