January 2021 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 January, 2021.  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.


•             60 Minutes Episode on Home DNA Testing and Genealogy Testing

•             Ancestry Announces Appointment of Mark Thompson as Chairman of the Board of Directors

•             Ancestry Files Motion to Dismiss Yearbook Photo Misappropriation Law Suit

•             Apple vs Facebook on Privacy Online

•             (Australia) Google Threatens To Leave Australia Due to Proposed Media Law and Link Tax

•             BCG Releases New BCG Application Guide and Revised New-application Rubrics


•             (European Union) CJEU Advisor Recommends Data Protection Agencies in Any EU County Can Take Legal Action

•             (European Union) Council Releases Draft of E-Privacy Regulation

•             (European Union) Macron Tells Tech Companies to Get on Board with EU Regulations; EU Urges US to Draft Joint Rule Book on Tech Companies

•             (European Union) President of EU Commission Writes About Digitalization And What They Want Regarding  Digital Rulebook

•             FamilySearch Family History Library Launches New Webpage

•             (France) French Police Surveillance Dossiers of Interwar Period -Online Index

•             (France-US) US Suspends French Tariffs Over Digital Services Tax

•             International Data Privacy Day  January 28

•             myDNA Merges with FamilyTree DNA

•             (Netherlands)  Council of Ministers Modernizes Old Archives Act

•             (Netherlands) Records That Became Public As of January 2021

•             (Scotland) Scotland's People Adds 250,000 Birth, Death and Marriage Entries

•             Secrecy in Death Records: A Call to Action

•             (UK) 2021 Census Changes Gender Question

•             (UK) World War ll Veterans' Memories for New Welsh Archive


•             (US) 2020 Census Geographic Products Available

•             (US) Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf To Step Down

•             (US) Census Bureau Says' President Trump's Push to Exclude Undocumented from Census Count is Dead

•             (US) 2020 Census Delays Affecting Redistricting Nationwide

•             (US) Chairman of Federal Trade Commission Stepping Down ; Supreme Court FTC Case

•             (US) Commerce Department Trying to Get 2020 Census to President by January 15

•             (US) Federal Records Management: Digitizing Permanent Records and Reviewing Records Schedules

•             (US) Historians Tape Together Records that President Trump Tore Up

•             (US)  Music Modernization Act Final Rules-Copyright

•             (US) Presidential Executive Order Regarding 2020 Census Counting All Residents Regardless of Immigration Status

•             (US) Section 230 60 Minutes Program

•             (US) US House of Representatives Proposed Rules Seek to Erase Gendered Terms

•             (US) US Senate Votes to Override President's Veto of Annual Defense Bill and Maintaining Section 230 of Communications Act

•             RE: (US) US Senate Votes to Override President's Veto of Annual Defense Bill and Maintaining Section 230 of Communications Act

•             (US) USCIS Posts Notice of Preliminary Injunction Regarding  Final Rule

•             (US) USCIS Proposed Rule Change Form I-942

•             (US-MA) Boston Globe Launches "Fresh Start" Similar to Right to Forget

•             (US-Maine) Bill Addressing Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

•             (US-Maine) Bangor Daily News Taking Requests to remove Old Crime Stories- Right to be Forgotten

•             (US-NY)  Privacy Legislation Regarding Biometric Information  AB 27

•             (US-PA)  Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

•             MORE (US-PA)  Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

•             (US-WA)  Litigation To Stop Plan Moving Pacific NW National Archives

•             (US-WA) WA State SSB 5062 Substitute Privacy  Bill

•             USHMM Makes Available War Crimes Nuremberg Trial Recordings Available 


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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