February 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 February, 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.


  • 23and Me To Go Public Through Merger with Virgin Group Acquisition Firm   
  • Ancestry Announces New CEO Deborah Liu
  • Facebook Pays $650 Million USD To Settle Privacy Lawsuit
  • MyHeritage To be Acquired by Francisco Partners
  • WhatsApp to Stop Readers or Sending Messages if New Privacy rules are Rejected


  • (Australia)  Facebook and Australia Make an Agreement
  • (Australia)  Google Opens Paid-For Australia News Platform
  • (Australia)  Google Opens Paid-For Australia News Platform
  • (Australia)  Australia Passes Law requiring Facebook and Google to Pay Link Taxes
  • (Australia) Update on Facebook and Google and the Link Tax
  • (Brazil) Brazil's Supreme Federal Court Will Not Adopt the Right to be Forgotten
  • (Denmark) Legislation will Require Facebook and Google to Pay for Media Content (Link Tax)
  • (European Union) EU Ambassadors Reach Compromise on e-Privacy Reform
  • (European Union) Competition Commissioner Vestager Warns of Potential Antitrust Action if Tech Giants Threaten to Pull Out
  • (European Union) Two Start-Up Internet Search Engines Receive Funding
  • Identity Theft Resource Center Says Identity Thieves Raked in Billions With Your Data
  • (Ireland) Additional Year of B,M.D Civil Registrations Added to Irish Genealogy Website
  • (Poland) Cracow City Archives On Fire
  • (Poland) Poland Proposes Social Media "Free Speech" Law


  • (US) American Community Survey  Federal Register Notice
  • (US) Bill Introduced to Reform Section 230 and Allow Social Media Companies Accountable
  • (US- Census Bureau Announces it Will Deliver Redistricting Date to All States by September 30, 2021
  • (US) The Department of Justice Drops Challenge to California's State Net Neutrality Law
  • (US) LA Times Op Ed Newspapers Shouldn't Delete Old Crime Stories
  • (US) National Archives Proposed Rule on Collecting Information on Those Requesting Military Records
  • (US) Senator Klobuchar Introduces Antitrust Legislation
  • (US) More About USCIS Fees On Hold More
  • (US-MD) Maryland Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto on Digital Advertising tax
  • US-MD) Tech Industry Challenges Maryland Law Taxing Internet
  • (US-FL) Florida Bills Address Collecting DNA From Someone Else's Websites as Theft
  • (US-GA) HB 92 Vital Records Transfer and Embargo Dates
  • (US-MA)  Bill Permitting Familial DNA Searching in Investigating Unsolved Crimes
  • (US-ME)  Vital Records Legislation Introduced
  • (US-NJ) State Appeals Court Rules that Murder Suspect  Be Given DNA Source Codes
  • (US-NY)  It's Your Data Act Reintroduced in New Legislative Session
  • (US-Oregon) Delays in 2020 Census Leaves Oregon Redistricting in a Lurch
  • (US-OK) Oklahoma Data Privacy Act Introduced; Data Transparency Legislation
  • (US-SD) First Vital Records and Health Statistics Unit to Receive National Accreditation
  • (US-VA) Consumer Protection Act Awaiting Governor's Signature
  • US-WA) Federal Judge Blocks Sale of Seattle's National Archives Facility
  • (US-WA) Second Substitute Bill for SB 502


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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