July 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 July, 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.


•             130 Countries Agree to Global Minimum Tax

•             G-20 Finance Ministers Back Global Tax Overhaul


•             Associated Press New Policy No Longer to Name Those Arrested for Minor Crimes

•             Facebook's What's App Complaint Filed With European Commission


•             (Australia) National Archives Gets Infusion Funding to Save Decaying Documents

•             (Australia) Australia will conduct its Census This August 10, 2021

•             (New Zealand) National Library Will Donate 600, 000 Books to Internet Archive


•             (Canada) Privacy Law Applies to Google in Right to be Forgotten Case

•             (Canada) Statistics Canada is Exploring Changes to Census to reflect Diversity


•             (European Union) Amazon Hit with Record $886.6 million Fine for Processing Personal Data

•             (European Union) European Data Protection Board Advises Companies to Assess Foreign Data Surveillance

•             (European Union) Study by EU's LIBE Committee Warns Potential of No EU-US Data Transfer Agreement Unless US Agrees to Changes on Surveillance Law

•             (European Union) Court of Human Rights Rejected Free Speech Complaint Concerning Right to be Forgotten

•             (European Union) The Court of Justice Ruled National Privacy Commissions Can Pursue When Not Lead Regulators


•             (France) Google Fined $593 Million By French Antitrust Agency

•             (Ireland) Data Regulator Must Swiftly Investigate Legality of Facebook-WhatsApp Data Sharing per EDPB

•             (Netherlands) Dutch Court to Hear Facebook Privacy Law

•             Netherlands National Archives Data Sets Relating to World War II

•             (Poland) Senate Passes Law Preventing Restitution for Property Seized During Holocaust and Communist Era

•             (Russia) Further Fines on Facebook Placed for Not Removing Russian-Considered Illegal Content

•             (Russia) Moscow Court Fines Google For Refusing to Localize Russian Users' Data

•             (Russia) President Vladimir Putin Signs Law Requiring Foreign Social Media Giants to Open Offices in Russia


•             (US) Court Rejects Alabama's Challenge to US Census Bureau's Release of 2020 Census Data on Redistricting Maps

•             (US) Dozens of States Sue Google Over App Stores’ Fees

•             (US) Federal Judge Orders Google to Face Proposed Class-Action Litigation about Digital Assistant

•             (US) Federal Judge Questions DHS Holding of Records on Use of Social Media For Monitoring Purposes

•             (US) House Bill Would Restore FTC Power of Disgorgement Reversing the 2021 US Supreme Court Ruling

•             (US-FTC) The Federal Trade Commission Drops "Consumer Welfare" Guidance When Looking at New Big Tech Investigations

•             (US) Federal Trade Commission Unanimously Voted to Rescind 1995 Policy About Prior Approval of Mergers

•             (US) Federal Trade Commission Privacy Conference July 27th Free

•             Re: (US) Federal Trade Commission Unanimously Voted to Rescind 1995 Policy About Prior Approval of Mergers

•             Correction: (US) Federal Trade Commission Privacy Conference July 27th Free

•             (US) LOC Copyright Office Announces Appointments of Copyright Claims Board Officers

•             (US) President Biden's Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy

•             (US) President Biden Fires SSA Administrator After He Refused to Resign

•             (US) Senator Klobuchar Introduces Bill of Stripping Online Platforms of Liability Protections Under Section 230

•             (US-CA) LA Times Article on Big Tech In a Race for your Health Care Data

•             (US-CA) Senate Amends AB 751 Legislation on Vital Records

•             (US-CA) Stanford University Researchers Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling

•             (US-CO) On July 8, 2021 Colorado Governor Polis signed Colorado Privacy Act

•             (US-FL) New Law on DNA Testing of Someone Else's DNA Blocked by Federal Judge

•             (US-FL) Governor DeSantis Signs HB 833 On DNA Testing of someone's Else's DNA

•             Erratum: (US-FL) Social Media Law Blocked by Federal Judge

•             (US-MD) New Law Delays Implementation of Digital Services Tax to January 1, 2022

•             (US-MT) Transgenders Sue Over Montana Law on Birth Certificate Changes

•             (US-OH) Legislation Introduced to Establish Data Rights for Ohioans.


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: 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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