On Monday, I spent time following up on the resources mentioned in my 19 April post Ancestry adds Canada, Royal Canadian Air Force Crash Cards, 1939-1945 for a Canadian airman buried at Beechwood Cemetery.
None of the crash investigation information is in the person’s service file, his Commonwealth War Graves Commission file, or his Canadian Virtual War Memorial file, including newspaper clippings predating the court of enquiry.
The crash investigation reveals much detail about the incident, including the state of the body when found and that pilot error was the primary cause of the crash.
Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act permit disclosure without knowledge or consent if made after the earlier of:
(i) one hundred years after the record containing the information was created, and
(ii) twenty years after the death of the individual whom the information is about.
Even though the crash was over 80 years ago, I remain uneasy about blogging details, making them simple to discover as they could be upsetting to elderly relatives. How far back do you have to go before that ceases to be an issue?