Reclaim the Records, an open-government group, has asked a judge to put sunlight on the Ancestry.com’s correspondence with public officials in New York. The petition may be found at https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Ganz-v-DOH.pdf.
Filed on June 21, 2018, the petition in Albany Supreme Court comes from the nonprofit Reclaim the Records and its founder, Brooke Schreier Ganz. Only the New York State Department of Health is named as a respondent, but neither that agency nor Ancestry.com agreed to comment.
Ganz says she submitted a request to the Department of Health in January 2016 for copies of the New York state death index between Dec. 31, 1956, and June 1880, or the earliest date available. The State of New York did not answer her request. Yet, while she was waiting for a response from her 2016 request, Ganz says the same agency produced “digitized records of the New York State Death Index to Ancestry.com in under three months.”
You can read all the details in an article by Christine Stuart in the Courthouse News web site at: https://www.courthousenews.com/sweetheart-ancestry-com-deal-alleged-in-ny.