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Lack of Respect for Privacy Curbs Records Access, ask Ireland

by Bradley Jansen July 23rd, 2014 11:08 am

I have been busy with some other issues and have not followed this case as quickly as I would like, but I have been shouting from the rooftops that the genealogy community needs to up its game respecting privacy or risk loss of records access.  The sooner this message sinks in, the better for us all.

The Irish genealogy news site brought this issue to our attention.  Kudos go out to Claire Santry for saying what needs to be said:

Just three weeks on from the launch of the General Register Office's civil registration indexes on IrishGenealogy.ie, the entire collection has been taken offline. Seems no one thought to mention to the Data Protection bods that the collection included personal information of living individuals right up to last year [emphasis added]...

To say this is a gigantic cock up is an understatement...

Embarrassing? It's downright pathetic.

My reaction to this news is unprintable.

She refers to two other articles for more information:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/genealogy-site-left-personal-data-open-to-identity-thieves-says-commissioner-1.1872664

and their followup here:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/personal-details-removed-from-site-over-identity-theft-concerns-1.1872741