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    BBC News: Privacy laws delay online census

    BBC News has an interesting story about census privacy laws:

    People hoping to trace their Scottish roots through the online publication of the 1911 census will have to wait until 2011 due to privacy laws.

    It comes as data from England and Wales is published for the first time on the National Archive website. […]

    But a spokesman for the General Register for Scotland said Scottish personal census records were exempt from disclosure for 100 years.

    He said: “So while the English 1911 census is being made available, the same does not apply to information in the Scottish census.” […]

    About 36 million records of people living in England and Wales in 1911 will be on the site, showing original entries, in the householders’ own handwriting.

    Sheila Duffy, genealogist and editor at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Association, said she was disappointed people wanting to find details about their Scottish ancestors would have to wait.

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