November 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 November, 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.


  • Facebook to Shut Down Facial Recognition System
  • A Mixed Day For Google
  • Google has Agreement With French and German Publishers on Link Tax
  • RootsTech 2022 Registration is Now Open


  • (Australia) The ACCC Wants Google to Show a Choice Screen to Android Users to Pick Default Search Engine
  • (Australia, Italy, USA-GA) More on Google, Apple and Meta (Facebook)


  • (Canada) New Head of Library and Archives Canada Website


  • (European Union) EU Data Protection Board wants Changes to New Rules
  • (European Union) noyb Files Criminal Complaint Against Irish DPC
  • (European Union) Parliament Draft Law on Digital Markets Act


  • (France) CNIL Publishes White Paper on Data and Means of Payment Online Consultation Open to December 15
  • (India) India Backs Away from Digital Services Tax Due to US Pressure
  • (Ireland) National University of Ireland Conference on Archives and Human Rights
  • (Ireland) What's App Ireland Given Permission to Challenge Data Protection Commissioners Fine
  • (Ireland) WhatsApp Updates its Privacy Policy for those in Europe While Appealing Order of Irish Data Protection Authority
  • (Malta) National Archives of Malta Website
  • (New Zealand) National Library Hits Pause on Internet Archive Agreement
  • (Poland) Krakow Provincial Court Rules in Favor of Genealogist for Access to Vital Records
  • (Russia) Moscow Tells Mostly US Technology Firms they Must Set Up In Russia by 2022
  • (Russia and Ukraine) Geneteka Expands Free Database to Add Indexed Russian Vital Records
  • (Spain) Law on Copyright Link Tax Enacted


  • (US) 2020 Census Count Looks Closer Than Expected
  • (US) Callahan v People Connect (Classmates) Federal Class Action On Use of Personal Information and Images From High School Yearbooks
  • (US) Federal Trade Commission Restricts Future Acquisitions for Firms that Pursue Anticompetitive Mergers
  • (US) National Technical Information Service Limited Access to Death Master File
  • (US) Online Privacy Act Introduced
  • (US) Records Act Introduced to Get Records from NARA Into Veterans Hands Sooner
  • (US) Robert Santos Confirmed by Senate as Census Bureau Head
  • (US) Senators Rubio and Warnock Introduce Protect American's Sensitive Personal Data Legislation
  • (US) USCIS Propose Regulation on Genealogy Index Search Request and Genealogy Records Request
  • (US-IL) Lawsuit Claims Genetic Testing Company Ancestry Violated Illinois Privacy Act
  • (US-OK) Governor Stitt Signs Executive Order Halting State From Issuing nonbinary Birth Certificates
  • (US-TX) Social Media Law Goes to Federal Court
  • (US-Utah) Family History Library Announces Expansion of Hours in Salt Lake City, UT


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