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

Jan Meisels Allen

In her September 30 posting, entitled “reprieve” footnote 3, ( Judy Russell,  The Legal Genealogist, wrote “every genealogist should be signed up for news alerts from the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee. Check it out!! “  If you are not subscribed, the directions for the link to do so is below.


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 September, 2020.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you 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) Bill Not Yet Introduced, But Will Be amended Making Facebook, Google Pay for News
  • (Australia) Facebook Says It Will Block News on its Australian Platforms if Proposed Revenue Sharing Law Goes Through
  • (Australia)  Thousands of Prison Portraits Captured in 15 jails Over 50 Years in Digital Archive
  • (Australia) Australia's Data Competition Regulator to Look at Competition on Apple, Google App Stores


  • (Austria)  Under Austria's Hate Speech Law Internet Companies Could be Fined up to $12 million
  • (Austria, Turkey, UK) Google to Pass On Digital Services Tax to advertisers; (US,  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK)  Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework for Competition Authorities


  • (Brazil) General Data Protection Law General Effective September 16, 2020


  • (Canada ) Could Canada Be Next? Spat Over Facebook and Google Paying Publishers


  • (Colombia)  Colombian Regulators Order Google to Comply With Data Protection Rules


  • (European Union) European Data Protection Board Publishes Draft Guidelines on Targeting Social Media Users
  • (European Union)  EU Parliament  LIBE Committee Met Regarding Future of EU-US Data Flow As a Result of CJEU Schrems ll Decision
  • (European Union)  Parliament Pushes for New Revenue Sources Including New Taxes
  • (European Union) European Data Protection Board Publishes Draft Guidelines on Targeting Social Media Users
  • (European Union) EU Court of Justice Upholds Net-Neutrality Rules


  • Family Search Announces RootsTech Connect 2021; A Free Global Virtual Event


  • (Ireland) Facebook Told it May Have to Suspend EU Data Transfers
  • (Ireland)  Facebook Launches Irish  High Court Challenge to Irish Data Protection Commission Order to Suspend EU-US Data Transfers
  • (Ireland-Scotland)  Irish 2021 Census and Scotland 2021 Census Postponed Until 2022 Due to Pandemic


  • (Italy) Italy's Antitrust Authority Opens Inquiry Into Google, Apple, and Dropbox


  • Lawsuit Against Google and U of Chicago Medical Center Regarding Shared Medical Records Dismissed


  • (Netherlands) Amsterdam City Archives Has 500,000 Notarial Records


  • (New Zealand)  Papers Past Access to 78 New Zealand Newspapers


  • (Russia)  Russia Will Embark on Digitizing, Translation of All Vital Records Dating Back to 1926


  • (US) Bi-Partisan Bill Introduced to Extend Census Count
  • (US) US Copyright Office  Established New Copyright Registration Option to Help Bloggers and Other Online Writers
  • (US) Department of Homeland Security to Proposed NPRM on Modernization, Definition of Biometrics Including DNA
  • (US) Department of Justice Unveils Proposed Section 230 Legislation
  • (US) Despite Federal Court Saying Census Count Continues to October 31, Dept of Commerce Says Count Ends on October 5
  • (US) Federal Court Rejects President Trump's Order to Exclude Undocumented From Census
  • (US) Federal Judge Blocks Early Stop of Census Count
  • (US) Federal Court Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Hike Planned for October 2
  • (US) H.R. 8235 Open Courts Act of 2020--PACER
  • (US) Library of Congress Chronicling America Newspaper Navigator
  • (US) National Archives Launches Presidential Library Explorer
  • (US) US Publishers Taking Internet Archive to Court
  • (US) S 4626 Bill to Establish Data Privacy and Data Security for Consumers
  • (US) Trump Administration Plans to Appeal to US Supreme Court Federal Court Ruling on Non-Citizens Being Counted In 2020 Census
  • (US) Trump Administration to Appeal Federal Court Ruling Extending Census Count and Last Minutes 2020 Census Schedules
  • (US) US Supreme Court Says It Plans to Issue New Rule on Sealing Records
  • (US) USCIS Response to Federal Court Ruling Placing Fee Increases on Hold
  • (US) USCIS Sued Over New Payment Regulations
  • (US) The Archival Researchers Association (ARA)
  • (US) Stars and Stripes Newspaper Gets Reprieve


  • (US-CA)  Article on Both Sides of the California Prop 24-- Consumer Privacy Act
  • (US-CA) AB 1281 Passed the Legislature Awaiting Governor's Signature or Veto--Amends California Consumer Privacy Act
  • (US-CA) Two California Bills Amending the California Consumer Privacy Act Pass the Legislature and Have been Sent to the Governor  AB 1281 and AB 713
  • (US-CA) California SB 980 Privacy: Genetic Testing Companies Bill To Engrossing and Enrolling
  • (US) California SB 980 Genetic Information Privacy Act is NOT Yet Signed by the Governor
  • (US-CA)  California Governor Newsom VETOES SB 980 the California Privacy Legislation; Signs AB 713 California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018
  • (US-CA) California Governor Signs Bill To Move Non-Presidential Year Elections Back to June


  • (US-NY)) Bill in New York gives Deceased Rights for 40 Years
  • (US-NYC)  New York City  Department of Records and Information Services  Proposed Rules On New Fees And Access Requirements
  • CORRECTION:(US-NYC)  New York City  Department of Records and Information Services  Proposed Rules On New Fees And Access Requirements


  • (US- Oregon)  Due to Wild Fires and Vital Records Lost Oregon State Vital Records Department Will Provide Free Replacements


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: 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:


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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