When and how may the DNA test of a person be made PRIVATE (a cousin)?

+12 votes
In haste, I assumed. Never assume. I looked at the privacy level I'd assigned my cousin and found that whatever I did the DNA tests she took still showed. So I moved the level to Private. Is that the best one can do? It seems over done, given our collaboration policy and intent.
WikiTree profile: Peck-3280
in Policy and Style by Living Berg G2G6 Mach 2 (21.5k points)
retagged by Peter Roberts

3 Answers

+5 votes
Are you sure you were checking about the appearance properly?  I clicked on Melinda's profile and didn't see any DNA information.  Remember you're on her trusted list or are her PM and will naturally see everything, but people not on her trusted list won't see things which are supposed to be hidden.  I think, though, that her test ID will show up on relatives who are open or otherwise would show that information.  After all, if you don't want anyone to see her test, why enter it?
by Living Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (445k points)
Ya - I clicked on her profile and don't see anything on her DNA test in the public view of her profile (and, I can't access the private view - since I am not on the trusted list for the profile).
Then, I must have done the correct thing. I read the directions, but I didn't believe it worked (oh mi of little faith!). Thanks for confirming this. I don't know if she'd mind, and I should remember too to ask her. Soon enough, I trust.
+4 votes
One option is to change the first name of your cousin to Anonymous or use their first initial.  Then change the privacy level to "Private with Public Family Tree."  It makes using the DNA results (collaboration) much easier.
by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (716k points)
I'll try it. I hope I remember to (argh!), with all that's going on.
+2 votes

There is no way for you to keep an auDNA "Private", nor keeping anyone from knowing that she is related to you via your father or the test was taken on Family Finder.

Exactly one year ago today I brought up the same thing.


Last month I tried again...


Personally, I have no idea why it is this way. I would read the responses.

by Ken Sargent G2G6 Mach 6 (62.7k points)
edited by Ken Sargent
Ken, thanks, and. . .

I was from the very start of the ftdna auDNA test years ago in doubt about the reasoning (not offered by them) of the directive not to give your kit number to anyone else. Who could possibly mind was my thought. Now after reviewing quickly all the words connected with this problem on the links I rec'd today, I think it is one of those non-essential arguments between people who care more about rules and regs instead of outcomes. No one really wants to go into the details of the dna (lacking some sort of criminal suit, perhaps; or an inheritance problem, I suppose), so in the vast majority of cases, no one's looking because it's irrelevant to our Wtree purposes--normal people simply searching for authentic dna ideas and connex.

My cousin is simply a fairly rigid person. So on second thought, I tried to make her DNA test private. I get it that she might care, and also that she doesn't care enough to correspond with me about most of it, except minimally. It amounts to a potential that is not likely to come to a head. If she cared, I'd simply delete her place on the tree. She could set her tree up  for herself and let her curiosity and interest guide her actions and prejudices from there. W-tree is a collaborative, first-do-no-harm kind of place on the web. Our intent is clear: We are all one family. In that interest, I included her in her wing of my family tree. Period.

Your experience on FTDNA, a site dedicated to genealogy, was probably much different than 23andme, which delved deep into discussions on privacy. Many of these heated discussions involved Non-Parental Events.

When I discovered a non-parental event with a known cousin who I had purchased a test for, We decided to limit our collaboration to only us and possibly others who we trusted. You would assume that by marking his profile private would keep his kit private, I was not happy when I received an email informing me Wikitree still placed his kit information on his connections. 

Wikitree is unique in that it can place two kits on the same page that are not biologically related. Given the number of stories of these types of discoveries, your cousin is not exempted from having her kit and another kit, who is not biologically related, on the same profile, 

I would think about how to respond to an email that tells you that your cousin may have a non-parental event, and they want to contact her directly to help determine if her parent or grandparent may not who she thinks they are. This is certainly made easier since they potentially have kit #'s, names of the parents and a tree, even though they are not on any trusted list. It may take years to resolve.

I would consider myself lucky, my father was ok knowing the person he believed was his grandfather was not. Others are not so lucky. 

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