European Union Proposed Data Protection Regulation — Updated

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) has weighed in on the European Union Proposed Data Protection Regulation with a letter addressed to each of the Ministers of Justice of all of the current 28 European Union member Countries.  With thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, IAJGS Vice President and RPAC member:

IAJGS letter re EU Proposed Data Protection Regulations: EU Data Protection Letter UK-1

Jan addressed this topic at some length during the RPAC Session at the FGS Annual Conference held last month in Fort Wayne.

You may have previously seen the following reports reflecting concern that proposed Draft European Union Data Protection Regulations could adversely impact genealogical access:

More recently, European Archivists have also expressed their concerns that the proposed Data Protection Regulation really means a heavy attack at the future of genealogical and historical research in Europe. The Greece, German, Polish, Norway and Italian associations of archivists have already protested (see the attached link:


In addition to the IAJGS letters to all 28 European Union member countries, RPAC letters were sent to the appropriate representatives of England and Germany similar to the following:

RPAC Letter to Minister Albrecht

Much more to come.



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