November 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 November, 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.


•             (Arolsen Archives) Arolsen Archives Adds One Million Documents to Their Online Archive

•             (Australia) 2021 Census Preparations are Underway

•             (Australia) Attorney General Announces review of Privacy Act

•             (Australia’s National Archives Contract to Digitize World War l Service records

•             (Austria) Facebook Loses Court Case in Online Speech Case

•             (Canada) Bill Comin to Overhaul Canada’s Privacy Law

•             (China) China to Hold 7th Decennial Census


•             (European Union) A Group of European Companies Complain to EU Commission About Google

•             (European Union)  European Commission Informs Amazon they Breached Anti-Trust Rules

•             (European Union)  EU Data Protection Board Issues Recommendations on Data Transfer Between EU and Other Countries

•             (European Union) EU Market Commissioner Says US Technology Could be Banned From Europe

•             (European Union)  New Proposal offers Protections for Corporate and Public Service Data

•             (European Union) None of Your Business Files Suit Against Apple Over iPhone Tracking

•             (European Union) Online Technology Giants Being Made to Open Advertising Archives to Anti-Trust Regulators

•             (European Union) Second Proposal for Cross-Border Transfer Agreement is Proposed.


•             (France )   Archives Nationale Online Catalog

•             (France) France Orders Big Tech to Pay Digital Tax

•             (France)  Google Signs With Six French Publications on Copyright Agreements

•             (India) India’s Personal Protection Act of 2019

•             (Ireland)  Irish Data Protection Commission Must Pay Activist’s Costs in Facebook Litigation

•             (Russia) Russian Parliament Draft Law Blocking US Media Giants

•             (Scotland) Scotland’s People Adds Mother’s Maiden Name to One Million Death Record Indexes

•             (Sweden) Court Rejects Google’s Privacy Case

•             (United Kingdom) Isle of Man Records of Last Native Manx Speakers and Wartime Internees to be Digitized and Put Online


•             (US) 2020 Census Heads Back to Court

•             (US) Census Officials Say They Can’t Meet President Trump’s December Deadline Regarding Population Totals

•             (US)Census Takers Told to Enter False Information-Census Bureau Denies Allegations

•             (US) Department of Homeland Security ratifies Departmental Actions Including About USCIS

•             (US) FTC Complaint on Zoom

•             (US) NARA’s Index to Naturalizations of World War l Soldiers

•             (US) Supreme Court Hears Case Involving FOIA

•             (US) USCIS N-644 Application for Posthumous Citizenship

•             (US-California) Proposition 24 Amending California Consumer Privacy Act Passes

•             (US-NYS) Privacy Bill Introduced “It’s Your Data Act” SB 9073

•             (US-WA) Washington State Department of Health Handouts on New Vital Records Law


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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