Privacy difference between Profile and Family Tree?

+4 votes
I just joined yesterday.  My main concern with adding my genealogical information is the privacy of living relatives (and information on some recently dead ones as well).  So I ran a little experiment with my Profile and Birthdate and Privacy settings.  I set my privacy setting to Private with Public Biography and Family Tree.  I am OK with it listing my birthdate on the Profile as 1960s.  I think that is actually good and would be helpful in finding people.  Then, to my surprise, I clicked on the little Family Tree Icon next to my name and on the Family Tree View, my actual birthdate appeared.  Is there a difference in privacy?  I was not expecting to see by birthdate there.  My birthdate appears as 1960s as expected on the Wikid Shareable Tree.

Is there supposed to be a privacy difference?  Let me know so I can add accordingly.  I will leave my profile the way it is overnight if you need to verify.


So far, the site looks really cool.  I look forward to contributing and helping out.


Leigh Ervine
WikiTree profile: Leigh Ervine
in Genealogy Help by Leigh Ervine G2G Rookie (290 points)

1 Answer

+6 votes
Best answer
I think you may be logged in, but using the "Profile Public View" to view your profile as someone else may see?  The problem is that the Family Tree view doesn't have a "Public View" option, so you're seeing it with your permissions.  Even if you get to it by clicking from the "Profile Public View" tab.

When I click on your profile, I see "Born 1960's", and when I click on "Family Tree" I see "Born 1960's".
by Stephen Haley G2G6 Mach 2 (24.2k points)
selected by Leigh Ervine
Leigh, Stephen is exactly right. It's only profiles that have the "public view" feature. Once you click on a family tree or any other link, you're back to seeing your normal logged-in view. See for more.

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