WikiTree's privacy standards for living and recent people have always seemed reasonable to me, although it is frustrating to bump into great-aunts and great-grand parents who are recent enough that someone else has already set their privacy to the point that I can't just edit them without asking permission.
And even the policy that if I die without a WikiTree will or designated person to take it over, the contents of my own profile could be destroyed for the sake of privacy has seemed cautious rather than too extreme.
But recently I looked at my profile on Ancestry.com and it had all sorts of "hints" of things I could add -- information Ancestry had helpfully found elsewhere on the internet. The ship I got on in Norway at the age of 9. The date and place of my first divorce. Where I lived 20 years ago. Who I'm married to now. This is all public information available to anyone in the world, that the machine found on routine searches.
Which makes me wonder, "who are we kidding?" And "are basically trying to protect public information which is accessible to everyone, and would WikiTree be improved if we narrowed the field of the information we're trying to protect, because basically, the horse has already gotten out of the barn?
I don't know the answer to this, but it seemed like a useful question to ask!