Thursday, 27 June 2013

More on proposed European data protection changes

Some more on the data protection issues which were recently flagged up in an article by the Irish Times, under proposed new EU legislation (see

Although the article flagged up that there were concerns, there was no link to explain the proposed changes. A huge thanks to Sheena Tait for pointing me towards the ICO website at the following link, which outlines the proposed changes, alongside the Information Commissioner's comments:

A relevant clause for genealogists seems to be number 83, entitled "Processing for historical, statistical and scientific research purposes".

(With thanks to Sheena Tait)


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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