August 2020 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 August 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.



  • (Argentina) First Decision on Right to be Forgotten


  • (Australia) Google Rules Out Closing Google  News in Australia


  • (Australia)  Google Says Regulatory Concerns Not Only About Link Tax


  • (Australia) NSW Birth Certificates to Recognize Adoption


  • Brazil Top Court Sets Precedent by Banning Global Access to Facebook and Twitter


  • (Canada) Ontario's Privacy Consultation Could Lead to a New Private Sector Data Protection Law--Including Right to be Forgotten


  • (European Union) Dispute Among EU Regulators Delays Twitter Data Privacy Fine


  • (European Union)  NoYB Files 101 Complaints Against Websites Identified as Sending Information to US Via Google Analytics and Facebook Connect


  • Google Chrome Making Controversial Change


  • (Israel)  Effective August 17 National Library of Israel Suspends Services   


  • (Scotland)  Scotlands People and National Records of Scotland- Can Order Certificates Online


  • (Russia)  Russia to Impose Fines on Google for Breaking Computer Security Laws


  • (Turkey)  Turkish Court Grants Rapist to Exercise Right to be Forgotten


  • (UK and Netherlands)  Class Action Litigation Against Oracle and Salesforce


  • (US) Census Count to Stop a Month Early


  • (US) Judy Records Free Website With Over 360 Million US Court Records


  • (US) National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Six Awards for Newspaper Digitization


  • (US) Twitter Under Investigation by the Federal Trade Commission  Over User Data Privacy


  • (US) Reminder October 2,2020 is When New Obscene USCIS Fees Begin--Now is Time to Order Any Records Before Then


  • (US-CA) Article On Proposition 24- the Privacy Ballot on This November's Ballot


  • (US-CA) CA SB 980 on Genetic Testing Companies and COVID Further Amended in Assembly on August 3


  • (US-CA) The Final regulations Under the California Consumer Privacy Act Have Been Approved by the Office of Administrative Law


  • (US-Idaho)  Federal Court Overturns State-Wide Ban Stopping Transgenders from Changing Their Sex on Their Birth Certificates


  • (US-WA)  Washington State Department of Health Changes to Ordering Birth and Death Certificates


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