December 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.   all postings are included below.   All postings are included below. The following are the summaries for the month of December, 2020.  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 CEO to Step Down; Blackstone Completes Acquisition of Ancestry for $4.7 Billion
  • Ancestry Hit With Litigation Over Yearbooks in California


  • (Australia) Government Says ABC Can Keep Google and Facebook News Payments
  • (Canada) Consumer Privacy Protection Act Introduced
  • (Europe-Russia) Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Wrong to Revoke Nationality for Lack of Disclosure
  • (European Union) Privacy and Monitoring of People on Social Media Websites Come to Head
  • (European Union-France) France to Seek EU Riposte if US Punishes France for Digital Tax
  • (European Union, United Kingdom) Digital Markets Act Draft Released- Warning of Breaking Up Big Technology Firms
  • Facebook News-- Agreements To Pay Publishers In Select Countries
  • Facebook Criticizes Apple Over Privacy
  • Facebook Sued by 48 Attorneys General and the FTC Regarding Antitrust
  • (France) French Data Regulator Fines Google, Amazon For Breaching Cookies Rules
  • (India) Orissa High Court Reaffirms Person's Right to be Forgotten
  • (Ireland) Twitter Received First EU Fine in Cross-Border Case
  • (Israel) Open Call for Amendments to Privacy Protection Law
  • (Russia) Russia Declassified Archives in 22 regions to Investigate WWll Nazi War Crimes
  • (Russia, Ukraine) KGB Archives
  • (United Kingdom) Facebook Says it Has to Move UK User Data to USA and Away from GDPR
  • (UK) GRO Adds Index of Births to 1934


  • (US) American Religious Ecologies Digitizes 1926 Census of Religious Bodies
  • (US) Archivist of US Announces Grants to Make Historical Records Happen
  • (US) Census Bureau Publishes Notice of 2022 Census of Governments; Economic Census
  • (US) Census Bureau To Miss Year-End Deadline
  • (US) Federal Judiciary Trying to Block Free Access to Court Records
  • (US) FTC Issues Orders to Social Media and Video Streaming Services
  • (US) Google Hit by Anti-Trust Law Suit from 38 States Attorney General
  • (US) Groups Sue Trump and White House to Stop Destruction of Administration Records
  • (US) HR 8235 Open Court Act of 2020 Passes House is in Senate (PACER)
  • (US) Library of Congress and GPO release10 Years of Legislative Data on Gov Information
  • (US) Library of Congress and GPO release10 Years of Legislative Data on Gov Information
  • (US) N-644 Application for Posthumous Citizenship
  • (US) NARA Proposed Rule on Amending Records Management and Standardization of Disposal of Records
  • (US) NARA Proposed Rule on Collection Information Published in Federal Register
  • (US) President Trump Signs Stimulus Package Including Provision of Section 230 of Communications Act
  • (US) President Trump Vetoes National Defense Authorization Act As It Doesn't Remove Section 230 Communications Decency Act
  • (US) Representative Maloney Wants to Make Certain Trump Administration Preserves Records
  • (US) Secret Service Launches New Website
  • (US) Section 230 of the of the Communications Decency Act Center of Fight Between President and Congress
  • (US) Senator Thom Tillis Releases Discussion Draft of Reform of Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • (US) Supreme Court Took No Action on President's Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from 2020 Census
  • (US) Supreme Court Won't Block Trump Plan to Exclude Unauthorized Immigrants from Census
  • (US) USCIS Loses FOIA Litigation - Government Required to Give People Access to Their Immigration Files
  • (US) USCIS Proposed Rule on Collection Information Published in Federal Register
  • (US-CA) California Attorney General Proposed 4th Set of Modifications to California Consumer Privacy Act Regulations
  • (US-CT) Oldest US Newspaper to Close Its Newsroom and Offices Operating Out of Since Mid-1940s
  • (US- MA) Update on Governor's Budget That Proposed Imposing Embargo Periods for Vital Records
  • (US-NY) Governor Signs Legislation Giving Deceased Rights for 40 Years
  • (US-NYC) Update New York Police Department to Remove DNA Profiles of Non-Criminals from Database
  • (US-Ohio) Expands Right to be Forgiven
  • (US-OH) Policy on Ohio Birth Records Found Illegal
  • (US-WA) Washington State Official to Fight Trump Plan to Sell Seattle National Archives Building


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


Marjorie Geiser

For anyone NOT subscribed to this, i just want to say you're missing out on some fabulous information! Thanks, Jan, for the work you do in these.

Margie Geiser
Arizona, USA