IAJGS Records Access Alert Postings-October 2019

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 as they were final edicts, but advocacy, and pending legislation and regulations- were not posted to the discussion group—all postings are included below. Any postings that had a time limit for access, such as free access that has expired are not included below.


+             23andMe Loses Appeal Court Unpatentability for Identifying Relatives Against Ancestry


+             Ask an Archivist Day October 2, 2019; American Archives Month is October


+             (Australia) Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Files Privacy Suit Against Google


+             (Australia, UK, US) Facebook Told by Australia, UK and US To Holdoff on its Encryption In Its Messaging Systems


+             (Brazil) Government to Create A Single Database of Personal Information on all 200 Million Citizens


+             (European Union) Another Analysis On the Recent EUCJ Decisions on Right to Be Forgotten


+             (European Union) European Union Court of Justice Judgement: Prohibition on Processing Certain Categories of Sensitive Data Fundamental Rights vs. Freedom of Information


+             (European Union) EU Court of Justice Opines that Individual Countries Can Order Facebook to Remove Posts


+             (European Union) EU Court of Justice Rules on Consent for Cookies for e-Privacy Regulation


+             (European Union) Margrethe Vestager Both Competition Chief and Executive VP for Digital; Google Fights Antitrust

               Fine in EU Court in February


+             (European Union) EU Protection Supervisor Says Microsoft Does Not Fully Protect Data Per GDPR


+             (European Union, USA) Third Annual Privacy Shield Review Confirms EU Commission's Adequacy Decision


+             (France) France Accuses Google of Flouting European Union's Link Tax in Copyright Law


+             (France) France Rejects Bill to Legalize Consumer DNA Tests


+             Genetic Privacy at Risk Due to Attacks to Genealogical Databases


+             Google Updated Its Search Engine


+             (Ireland) Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates Online for Free; Irish Census Records


+             Legacy Tree Article on National Archives in Iaşi Romania


+             Microsoft Semi Annual Right to be Forgotten Requests


+             (Poland) Amendment to Civil Registration Law Regarding Transfer of Registration Books to Archives--Poland's Adoption  

               of EU's GDPR and Repeal of Older Data Protection Regulation


+             (Russia) New World War ll Army Database


+              (UK-US) United Kingdom and the United States Agree that WhatsApp, Facebook and Other Social Media Platforms Disclose   Messages


+              (US) Census Bureau Asking States for Citizenship Status of Residents for 2020 Census


+              (US) Census Bureau to Hire 500, 000 Temporary Workers for 2020 Census


+              (US) Electronic Records DAY October 10, 2019


+              (US) FBI Chief Biometric Scientist Writes About Responsible Genetic Genealogy


+             (US) Federal Appeals Court Upholds Most of Net Neutrality Rollback by FCC


+             (US) More on (US) Senator Wyden (D-OR) Mind Your Business Bill SB 2637 In US Senate


+             (US) National Archives Announces National Archives Catalog


+             (US) Senator Wyden (D-OR) Introduces Mind Your Business Bill In US Senate


+             (US) USCIS Updates its Genealogy Request Forms


+             (US-California) Proposed Rules on California Consumer Privacy Act by California Department of Justice


+             (US-CA) California State Archives Digitize the Diseños Collection" of Hand Drawn Spanish and Mexican Land Grant



+             (US-CA) Governor Newsom Signs Law Banning Facial recognition Technology by Local Law Enforcement


+             (US-GA) Supreme Court of Georgia Rules on Data Privacy in a Vehicle


+             (US-MI) Michigan Bill Aims to Stop Social Media, Internet Companies from Blocking Speech


+             (US-NYC) Reclaim the Records Introduces New York City Geographic Birth Index


+             (US-OH) Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit task Force to Use Genealogical Database Searches to Identify DNA Profiles   

               Found in Rape Kits


+             (US-VA) Federal Judge Strikes Down Race as Virginia Requirement for Marriage License


+             (US-WA) Washington State Supreme Court Rules State Employees Birthdates are Public Records


IAJGS opened its Records Access Alerts to anyone who is interested.  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: 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