September 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 September, 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 Appoints Former Amazon and Facebook Executives
  • FamilySearch Completes Digitizing 2.4 Million rolls of Microfilm
  • Free US Statewide Vital Records Reference Chart


  • (Australia) CNN Restricts Access to Facebook Pages in Australia
  • Re: (Australia) CNN Restricts Access to Facebook Pages in Australia
  • (Australia) Court Rules Australia Media Can Be Sued For Social Media Comments; Radio Australia to Start Bargaining


  • (Canada) Federal Election Called for September 2-' C-11 Dead Due to Election
  • (Canada) Prime Minister Trudeau Wins Reelection


  • (European Union) Google Fights Record Fines; Advertisers Say Browser Cookies Plan Anti-Competitive
  • (European Union) New Antitrust Investigation On Google's Voice Assistant
  • (European Union) Reminder that September 27 Standard Contractual Clauses Must be Used for All New Contracts
  • European Union- US) Inaugural U.S. -EU Trade and Technology Council Meeting Announced
  • (France) Google to Appeal $590 Million Fine by French Competition Watchdog
  • (Ireland) Data Privacy Commissioner Asks Facebook About LED indicator On Smart Glasses
  • (Ireland) Google to Face International Businessman in Landmark Case
  • (Ireland) WhatsApp Fined $267 Million USD by Irish Data Authority for not Being Transparent


  • (Philippines) Fire Broke out at Manila's National Archives on September 5, 2021


  • (Russia) Facebook, Google and other Big Tech Firms Face More Fines in Russia as Kremlin Curbs Access to Information Online


  • (United Kingdom) Public Consultation on Reforms to the UK's data Protection Regime


  • (US) American Community Survey--Proposed Rule
  • (US) Additional Funding For NARA Keyed to Veterans Accessing Their Records
  • (US) Big Technology Pressing Lawmakers to Stop Prosecutors from Snooping on Private Accounts
  • (US) Facebook's Response: Wall Street Journal Shows Facebook Knew Instagram Toxic for Teen Girls
  • (US) Wall Street Journal Shows Facebook Knew Instagram Toxic for Teen Girls
  • (US) Losing Plaintiffs Ask for Post-Appeal Motion Against Ancestry in Right to Publicity Case
  • (US-CA) AB -751 on Vital Records Copying Passed Senate And Goes to Governor
  • (US-CA) California Privacy Protection Invitation for Preliminary Comments on Proposed Rule Making
  • (US-CA) University of Southern California Libraries New Digital Resources for LA Community Histories
  • US-CA) Voters Strongly Reject Recall of Governor Newsom
  • (US- District of Columbia) Medical Examiner Records Privacy Act of 2021
  • (US-TX) HB 20 Passes Bill to Punish Social Media Companies for Alleged Political Censorship



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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