02 September 2016

RPAC shares -- Striking a Balance Between Records Access and Privacy

RPAC shares -- Striking a Balance Between Records Access and Privacy

Records Preservation and Access is so critical to genealogists, family historians, and others.

Our friends at RPAC have shared …

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is celebrating its 40th Anniversary as a featured theme at its Annual Conference this week in Springfield, Illinois.  On this occasion, the Records Preservation and Access Committee is presenting a workshop session entitled “Striking a Balance Between Records Access and Privacy” Thursday Afternoon the 1st of September at 3:30pm CDT in Room B1 of the Springfield Conference Center.

As genealogists we want access to all our ancestors’ records but as individuals we want information about ourselves to remain private.  Should the records of the living all be protected and the records of the deceased all be available?  At this session we will discuss many examples of records which are closed to access and other open records which may be closed in the future.

The syllabus for this session is found at:  RPAC at FGS Springfield 2016

Obviously, the session occurred yesterday and RPAC is making the PPT slides available here. From the RPAC publications page, you can also access previously given talks and other information.

Upfront with NGS has recently blogged on related topics -- The Right to Privacy – Personal Correspondence and The Right To Privacy – Care & Selectivity in What You Publish About Others.

The “balance” between access and privacy is constantly being debated and legislated.  Make sure you understand the issues and tradeoffs involved.  It is a complex topic.

Thanks to RPAC (NGS is a join committee member along with FGS and IAJGS) for keeping the topics of records preservation and records access at the forefront for us.  We ALL benefit from responsible records access.

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