Friday, June 1, 2018




J. Miller MARSHALL (22 November 1858 - 12-Jun-1935)                                                                               
Dead in Minehead, England.  PUBLIC DOMAIN.


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St Thomas' at Avoca - "A House Divided"  Duncan Grant

Hyde Park Hospital  Sydney Daily Photo

Portal Tomb by INISHOTS . - Photo 201378979 / 500px

I went on the Guinness – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Inquiring into the inquiries  The Legal Genealogist

[Dictionary of Sydney] The Bridge Street Affray: an incident that changed policing in New South Wales

Atlas Obscura

The National Archives

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The IAJGS Records Access Alert has been posting about the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for several years and in checking the archives from the IAJGS Records Access Alert this will be the 49thposting that mentions the GDPR which becomes effective tomorrow-May 25, 2018. 

We started posting about the GDPR before it was adopted, when the IAJGS Record Access Alert was created in 2013, and since its adoption in 2016 there has been a spate of postings alerting the reader to what was coming. Some readers didn't see that this affected them and unsubscribed whenever  GDPR was mentioned.  The postings included that some data bases might disappear from the Internet entirely, and we have seen that with the Netherlands Archives removing online family cards collection dating from 1920-1940, and more recently the demise of several DNA websites: World Famous Network, Y-Search and Mitosearch. If your inbox is like mine, you have been inundated with notices from sites—not only genealogy sites— where you are registered about agreeing to continue their emails, blogs etc. following the rules of the GDPR.  These notices cover more than residents of the EU, as many of the organizations sending the notices out are global- and have readers in the EU as well as elsewhere, regardless of where they are domiciled.  We also have seen organizations adopt the privacy standards of the GDPR and extend them globally. The most recent organization to announce this is Microsoft.

On May 21st, Microsoft announced they are extending the rights that are at the heart of GDPR to all of their consumer customers worldwide. Known as Data Subject Rights.  Microsoft corporate VP and deputy general counsel Julie Brill wrote, “As an EU regulation, GDPR creates important new rights specifically for individuals in the European Union. But we believe GDPR establishes important principles that are relevant globally. “That’s why today we are announcing that we will extend the rights that are at the heart of GDPR to all of our consumer customers worldwide. Known as Data Subject Rights, they include the right to know what data we collect about you, to correct that data, to delete it, and even to take it somewhere else.” Ms. Brill  also said, “We believe privacy is a fundamental human right…Privacy is also the foundation for trust…"

To read their statement and their privacy rights for consumers go to:

Microsoft is not the only multi-national firm that has made the decision to extend the GDPR outside of the European Union.  The IAJGS Records Access Alert has previously reported that Facebook will also extend the concept of the GDPR globally. More firms will also follow this trend.

Litigation Filed At Moment GDPR Became Effective
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective on May 25, 2018 and suits were filed as soon as the law went into effect at midnight by  Max Schrems, the Austrian Lawyer that has been fighting Facebook on data protection for years, and is known for bringing down the "Safe Harbor" Agreement which for 15 –years was the mechanism for companies  to share data between the EU and the United States, filed suit.  His None of Your Business (NoYB) filed suit against the Facebook, and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, and Google. Schrems said they were looking for "big companies that willfully violate the law and try to get away with it".  The complaint against Facebook was filed with Austrian data regulators, Google with French regulators, WhatsApp with German regulators and Instagram with Belgian regulators. Under the GDPR complaints no longer have to be filed in the European country where a company has its headquarters. Previously, complaints often went to the Irish data protection agency because many tech companies are based in Ireland, often because of its low tax rate. Fines can be imposed of up to 4% of global annual sales each time the companies violate the new law.

NoYB contends that Facebook has trackers on websites that are visited, and therefore, even if a user's sensitive traits are removed from their profiles, Facebook can still get the information by analyzing the behaviors such as which websites they visit.

The suit against Google alleges the Android software users are forced to provide personal data to use an Android-powered mobile device. 

The Financial Times states the complaints are based on how the companies obtained user consent. The GDPR requires "informed and specific consent". Schrems says Google and Facebook require "forced consent" which is a violation of the GDPR. Schrems contends its "forced consent" because users have to "tick boxes agreeing to privacy policies or not be able to use the service".  See:

The EU's enforcement is housed in the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) which coordinates all the national data protection authorities so that there is uniformity across the 28-member countries. While their chairperson Andrea Jelinek said she expected complaints on the first day they will be fielded by national data protection authorities and then sent to the EDPB for "cross- border" cases.  While they will not provide any time for businesses to prepare for enforcement as the law was passed two years ago, they will only investigate new violations as of May 25-those committed before the effective date will not be examined unless they continue. Jelinek said she did not plan to start launching fines the first day. Any disputes between the data authorities at EDPB will be overridden by a two-third majority vote and if split the chair's vote will count. 

Photographs Posted to Social Media May Be Affected by GDPR

For those of us with smart phones who take photographs, the GDPR may affect the photos if they are posted to a social media program such as Facebook and there are "strangers" in the photos who have not granted permission to you to post them. Imagine visiting the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Tivoli Gardens, Berlin Wall, and more sites and you take photos and post them to your Facebook page. Usually these sites have crowds of people in the area that are unknown to the photographer. A National Public Radio  interview with a German lawyer who specializes in photography law discussed this.  The GDPR is to protect the individual privacy so that anyone who appears in a photograph taken in the EU has the " has an absolute right to refuse to be in that photo, especially if those pictures end up on social media. And it's up to the person taking the picture to figure out whether subjects want to be in the photo or not."  A green Party expert on digitalization predicts that the photography will be protected by freedom of speech or artistic expression. Time will tell if photographs with crowds that are placed on social media will be a violation of the GDPR.  

ePrivacy Regulation

The US Library of Congress published a blog post on the GDPR and also mentions the ePrivacy Directive which states how data protection principles apply to the electronic communications sector to ensure the confidentiality of communications.  
The  European Parliament is currently debating a proposal to update and replace the ePrivacy Directive with an ePrivacy Regulation. The ePrivacy rules are applicable to personal and non-personal data. This would complement the GDPR, by all matters not covered by the ePrivacy Regulation would be covered by the GDPR. To read the proposal and follow what has already taken place since it was introduced in January 2017 see: This is available in languages other than English. At the top right of the page there is a drop down box with the EU supported languages. To read a review of it by the Library of Congress go to:

Websites of US Newspapers Taken Down In EU
Newspapers run by Tronc, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel were taken down once the GDPR became effective. This is because a US website tracking browsing histories of Europeans is affected by the GDPR. The following announcement appeared on their websites in the EU:

"Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism." 

Other newspapers such as US Today instead posted a stripped down version without any advertisements calling it the "European Union Experience".

While we are still trying to get used to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which became effective May 25, 2018, the next privacy battle is already garnering attention: ePrivacy Regulation. The ePrivacy Regulation was proposed in January 2017, it is being focused on by advocates and foes alike. To read the ePrivacy Regulation see:  To access the proposed regulation in a language other than English go to: and in the upper right hand corner click on the drop down box.

This proposed regulation protects confidentiality of electronic communications. The proposal was approved by the European Parliament last Fall and is under review by the Council of the European Union. The Council is comprised of government officials of the 28 EU members countries. Originally, it was intended to become effective at the same time as the GDPR but controversy between different countries has slowed its movement.

If it is enacted as currently drafted, companies such as Skype, WhatsApp, iMessage, video games and other electronic services with player messaging and services with private interactions will require explicit permission before placing  tracking codes on users devices or collecting information.  Companies are strongly  lobbying against this as it will cost them exorbitantly to comply let alone undo some of the methods that are used for these services.

The ePrivacy Regulation is to replace an existing EU directive which covered digital communications such as texting and video chat apps. The bill also requires companies to offer people the same communications services whether or not they agree to have their data collected. The companies also contend, " requiring companies to provide equal communications services to people who opt out of data mining, they say, could cause sites or apps that rely on data-driven advertising to start charging fees or close down."

To read more see:

To read the previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings about  the European Union's GDPR, privacy issues, ePrivacy Regulation and more go to: You must be registered to access the archives.  
To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

A major fire broke out at the National Archives of the Philippines-Manila on the morning of May 28. The fire broke out in the Land Management Bureau and spread to the several other structures including the Juan Luna Building which houses the administrative offices of the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP).  The NAP is the agency mandated to keep documents – such as plans, civil records, notarial documents – from the Spanish and American colonial periods—but only the administrative offices are located in the Juan Luna Building. Jocelyn Reyes, OIC deputy executive director of National Archives building, confirmed that no important documents were affected by the fire. The building is used solely as an administration office, and all Spanish documents are stored in the National Library on Kalaw Street..
See: Https://Www.Rappler.Com/Nation/203508-Juan-Luna-Building-Plaza-Cervantes-Binondo-Fire-May-28-2018  another article also mentions the archives' documents are kept in other archives buildings and National library buildings.

The website for the National Archives of the Philippines, posts that service to the public is temporarily suspended due to the fire and the office will reopen on June 4, 2018.  The website says the archives is currently headquartered in the National Library of the Philippines.
The archives holds 13 million Spanish era documents ( 1552-1900) and 60 million catalogues public documents . All are divided into two collections:

Spanish Period Collection (1552–1900)
American and Republic Period Collection (1900–Present)


Enough with the GDPR!  Judy G. Russell The Legal Genealogist

Judy explains why blogs will now have both Privacy Policies and a 'cookie bar' asking you to accept or not. You will find my Privacy Policy in the headers or side columns of all my blogs.  You will see a number of different versions, but the message is the same... please take time to read through, so you know your rights.  I'm sure most of you are being inubdated with emails re these policies, but do take a moment or two to read through, as you may be unsubscribed to some of your favourite blogs if you don't agree if asked if you want to continue your subscription.

While I am not doing that, you always have had, and will have, the right to unsubscribe if you wish to... you can read about that in my Privacy Policy notice. I hope you don't, I hope you stay with me... it would be lonely without you and I appreciate your ongoing support.

Another take on it..

New Old Family Photograph: William A. James Martin Australian Roots & Spreading Branches

St Paul's Chapel at Launceston General Hospital - 'Timber and Glass'  Duncan Grant

(an earlier post with a new connection)

Memorial Day 2018  Judy G. Russell


Behind the Pen with P.J. Roscoe  Theresa Smith Writes

Author visit to Hornsby Library  Hornsby Shire Library 

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

New privacy laws - what effect?, first Greeks in Aus., thousands of convict stories/Hobart basement, Google tip = more results, convict details, Canadian Death Cards WW1, Qld Trustee Files, strange births, Scottish soldiers remains reinterred, Pioneer estate Zillmere, FREE family group forms, fears for children’s safety-NZ, Shaftesbury Reformatory Vaucluse, damaged graves Puerto Rico, abandoned island of colonial horror, whistle while you hack, last woman hanged in Darlinghurst, 

Headlines of Old

colonial pardons...  convicts, conditional pardons, selections from 1847 1848 1849 1852, numerous names, images of some convict ships,

Penang Jewish Cemetery  


TROVE TUESDAY will be taking time off next week, Tuesday, 5th will return June 12th.



  1. Thank you for taking an interest, Chris. Hope you've a fun week planned.

  2. You're welcome, Dara.. I do indeed!


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