March 2021 2 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 March, 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.


  • Ancestry Library Edition Available Remotely Extended to June 30, 2021
  • Ancestry Wins Dismissal of Yearbook Collection Lawsuit


  • (Australia) Facebook to Pay Rupert Murdoch News Corp a "Link Tax"
  • (Australia) National Archives Struggling Affecting Preservation and Accessibility of Records
  • Changes in IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
  • (European Union) Court of Justice Rules Embedded Images Can Violate Copyright rules
  • European Union-France) French Startup to File Privacy Complaint Against Apple
  • (European Union) The EU LIBE Committee Resolution Complaint about Irish Data Protection Commission and Lack of Speed in Addressing GDPR Violations
  • (European Union-Germany) German Court Finds In Contradiction to GDPR
  • (France) Secret Archives of Algerian War Declassified


  • Google says it Won't Use New Tracking Methods and Phases Out Browser Cookies
  • Google and Microsoft In Feud: Google Required to Face Snooping Litigation on Incognito Browsing
  • Handing Over Users' Data --What Happens When Agencies Subpoena Firms For Your Information


  • (Russia) Russia Wants to Ask Social Media to Handover Personal Information


  • (Ukraine) Ukraine Website 1917-1924 Database
  • (United Kingdom) Adding Mother's Maiden name
  • (United Kingdom) High Court Rules US Website Not Subject to Extraterritorial Scope of GDPR
  • (United Kingdom) In UK Due to Judge's Ruling Census Question on Sex Must be Changed
  • (UK) March 21 in Census Day
  • (UK-Northern Ireland) 2021 Census Ignoring Minority Religions; Scotland 2022 Census and How to List Ethnicity as Jewish


  • (US) Bill Amending National Labor Relations Board Changes Who Is Contractor vs Employee
  • (US) Bill To Require President to Make and Preserve Records
  • (US) Census Data for Redistricting May Be Available a Month Early Albeit in an Older Format
  • (US) New Senate Legislation Regarding Publishers Negotiating with Online Platforms On Content
  • (US) Pacific NW US Senators Introduce Legislation to Stop Sale of Seattle NARA Facility
  • (US) Supreme Court Sides with Government in FOIA Dispute
  • (US-Arkansas) SB 558 Introduced to Levy Sales tax on Advertising Revenue on Social Media Platforms
  • (US-CA) California Attorney General Approves Additional CCPA Regulations
  • (US-CA) Governor Newsom Announces Initial California Privacy Protection Board Members
  • (US-CA)  (US-CA) Judge Permits California's Net Neutrality Law to Go Forth 
  • (US-FL) HB 969 Consumer Privacy Bill
  • (US-Georgia) More on HB92--Hearing Tomorrow- Your ACTION Is Needed
  • (US-Maine) Maine Archives Has Online Catalog
  • (US-Maine) LD 601 Failed in Working Committee
  • (US-Maine) LD 601 on Vital Records Hearing Scheduled March 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM
  • (US-MD) Bill Places Limits on Law Enforcement Use of DNA Databases
  • (US-MD) Bill That Would Open Adoption Records Fails In Maryland Senate
  • (US-MD) More On Maryland Law Taxing the Internet
  • (US-NV) Legislation Will Reduce Public Access to Governmental Records
  • (US-NYC) Reclaim the Records Takes New York City to Court
  • (US-OH) Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Over Delay in Census for Redistricting to Release New Population Counts Sooner
  • (US-UT) Salt Lake City Tribune Adopts Right to be Forgotten
  • (US-VA) Governor Signs Consumer Data Privacy Bill Into Law
  • (US- VA) Proposed Sale of George Washington's Previously Farm Up For Sale Amidst Controversy
  • (US-WA) Washington's Privacy Bill SB 5062 Second Substitute Passed Senate 48-1


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 you are encouraged 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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