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

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 October, 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) National Archives in Legal Battle Over Making Certain Records Available
  • (Belgium) Belgium Data Privacy Regulator Asks EU High Court to Go After Facebook
  • (Belgium) Data Privacy Authority Says Electronic Auctions Violate GDPR
  • Board for Certification of Genealogists Revises Standard 57
  • (Canada, UK) Apple Health Records Expands to Canada and UK
  • Coronavirus Affects Public Records Requests
  • (European Union) Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Surveillance
  • (European Union) Right to be Forgotten and Cancer Patients
  • (EU-Ireland) Irish Data Protection Commission May Not Resolve Twitter Violation This Year
  • (France)  Archives Nationale Online Catalog
  • (France) Court Orders Google to Pay French Link Tax to Publisher
  • (France) New Law Introduced to Protect Young Media Stars with Right to be Forgotten
  • (France and Netherlands)  Propose Stricter EU Rules Over Large Technology Firms
  • Google Agrees to Pay Publishers Over One Billion USD Over the Next Three Years
  • Google-Oracle Lawsuit Over Copyright
  • (Ireland) Data Protection Commission Launches Inquiry Into Instagram re: Children
  • (Ireland) Irish  B.M.D records Online for Free
  • (Netherlands) Holland America Passenger Lists 1900-1974
  • (Netherlands) Secret Register of Released Prisoners
  • (New Zealand) NZ Calls for Access to Social Media Encrypted Data


  • Reclaim the Records Announces Two Missouri Indices Available to the Public for Free
  • Reclaim the Records Plans to Put All of the NYC Municipal Archives Records Online -FOIL Request
  • Reclaim the Records Takes on the National Archives and Records Administration


  • (Russia) Soviet Era Database Releases Free Documents on More Than One Million Citizens
  • (Scotland) No Absolute Right to Privacy Messaging on Platforms
  • (Spain) Among New Taxes Proposed is the Digital Link Tax AKA Google tax
  • Succession Planning
  • (Turkey)  Law on Social Media  Enacted Over Summer Censored 347 Articles Under New Law Including on Right to be Forgotten
  • (UK) 75th Anniversary of the Repatriation of Far East Prisoners of War
  • (UK) British Library Released 18,000 Maps Available for Free
  • (UK) Plans for Running the UK 2021 Census in Time of Coronavirus Pandemic


  • (US) Customs Border Control  Plans to Have NARA  Destroy Records Documenting Abuse by Agents
  • (US) Census Bureau Agrees to Court Ruling on Continuing Census Count Through October 31
  • (US) US Census Bureau Will Accept Census Data Collection Through October 15, 2020
  • (US) FCC Adopts Order Restoring Internet Freedom Rolling Back Net Neutrality Regulations
  • US) FCC Chairman Makes Statement on Section 230 of Federal Communications Act
  • (US) Federal Judge Koh Starts Contempt Proceedings On Commerce Secretary For Violating Order on Census
  • (US) Federal Judge Says Revised October 5 Date for US Census Deadline May Violate Her Order
  • (U.S) Files Antitrust Suit Against Google
  • (US) National Archives Releases 5-Year Social Media Strategy
  • (US) Second Federal Court Block's Trump Administration From Getting Undocumented Immigrants Census Data
  • (US) Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Documentary Fees
  • (US) US Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trump Administration Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census
  • (US) Supreme Court Says US Census Count Can End Now
  • (US)  Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Block Order That Extends Census Count
  • (US) USCIS Fee Increase On Hold-Federal Register Notice
  • (US) USCIS Response to Court Injunction - How They Are Proceeding
  • (US) World War l Burial Cards
  • (US-CA) Governor Newsom Signs AB 1281 Extending CCPA Exemptions
  • (US-CA) Third Set of Proposed Amendments to Consumer Privacy Act
  • (US-NYC) Records Access in Jeopardy  NYC DORIS Regulations- ACTION REQUIRED
  • FACEBOOK LINK ADDED: (US-NYC) Records Access in Jeopardy  NYC DORIS Regulations- ACTION REQUIRED
  • (US-Maine)  More on Vital Records
  • (US-Maine) Pre-filed Bill to Amend Vital Records Act
  • CORRECTION: (US-MAINE)  The Bill I Attached to Previous Post Was Last Year's Bill
  • (US-NYC) Update on NYC Municipal Archives Proposed Regulation on Access
  • (US-NYC) Update on Proposed Rule for Rate Increase and Licensing of Public Documents
  • (US-VA) Virginia AG Opines COVID-19 No Excuse for Delaying FOIA Requests
  • (US-WA) Washington State Department of Health NPRM for BAP
  • (US-WA) Washington State Notice of Changes to Ordering B,D 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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