IAJGS Records Access Alert Postings March 2020

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. However, I have not posted to JewishGen Discussion Group the summary of the IAJGS Records Access Alert since December.  I was ill for part of the time but there were postings created especially in February, just not the summaries I usually did.  You can find the December, January and February postings on the archives (see below how to access them). I am restarting the summaries for the month of March 2020.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you and your society 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.


  • (Australia) Australia's Only Newswire Shuttered After 85 Years


  • (European Union)  Google Rejects Right to be Forgotten Requests by Terrorists to Delete Reports of their Crimes; Complaint Against Google


  • (France)  France's Competition Authority Hit Apple with Record 1.1 Billion Euro Fine


  • (France) French Counseil d'État Decision Upholds Google's Non-Extraterritoriality on Right to be Forgotten


  • (Spain)  Spanish Court Requires Google to Put Man's Acquittal on Top of Search Results--Right to be Forgotten


  • (Sweden) Sweden's Data Protection Agency Hits Google with $8 Million Fine for Right to be Forgotten Violations


  • (US) 2020 Census Goes Digital-Invitations in Mail Starting March 12


  • (US)  FBI Limits Email requests for FOIA Requests Blaming Corona Virus


  • (US) Google Pushed by Three US Senators for Information  on Project Nightingale


  • (US-CA) Genetic Information Privacy Act SB 980 Amended and Re-referred


  • (US-CA) Second Set of California Consumer Privacy Act Proposed Regulations


  • (US-Georgia)  Hidden in SB 372 on Public Health and Modernization- NAPHSIS Embargo Periods for Vital Records


  • (US-IA) Iowa SF 2236 on Right to be Forgotten Renumbered to SF 2351


  • (US-NJ, AK) Bill in  New Jersey Legislature Would make DNA Test Sole Property of the Person Tested; Similar now Law  in Alaska


  • (US-Virginia) HB 306 Increase in Recording and Indexing Fees by Circuit Court Clerks; SB  1051  Update


  • (US-WI) Wisconsin has Trio of Bills Proposing EU GDPR Privacy Data Law Introduced


  • Vatican Opens Archives of  Holocaust Era Pope Pius XII



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: 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