Regarding gedmatch linking to wikitree

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Regarding gedmatch linking to wikitree.  I understand that the privacy setting of the wikitree profile for a person who tested DNA needs to be set below "Private" in order to show in gedmatch.  However, I don't like that the other settings of less privacy reveal a tester's DOB and Place of birth when you click on "wiki" in gedmatch.  I've gone through all of my testers and removed their DOB and place of birth.  My testers are living and I don't like to put out personal information via gedmatch and wikitree.  Isn't there a way to create a more private compact tree via gedmatch's "wiki" link for those living testers?  Thank you for anyone who can figure this out!
in WikiTree Tech by Sheila McCarthy G2G2 (2.2k points)

2 Answers

+16 votes
Best answer
Hi, Sheila. For convenience, WikiTree "remembers" for a period of time that your device (computer, tablet) is authorized for your account. That's why you only seldom have to log-in for a new session if you didn't expressly log-out of the last one.

I suspect what's happening is that, when you click on a WikiTree link from GEDmatch, your device is being automatically logged into WikiTree and you see the compact tree and all related profile information as yourself, not as someone else would.

Easy way to test. Go to GEDmatch and locate one of those WikiLinks to one of your testers and click it. If, in the top right-hand corner of the window in WikiTree you see the usual pulldown menu for "My WikiTree," then you've been automatically logged in under your personal account. If you expressly log-out from WikiTree and then go try GEDmatch, I suspect you'll see what you expect the public to see based on your privacy settings.
by Edison Williams G2G6 Pilot (280k points)
selected by Sheila McCarthy
You're absolutely correct.  I am *always* logged into wikitree!  I've checked (when logged out), and the info is private.  Phew!  TYVM!
YVW!  :-)
+8 votes

Why do you do DNA tests if privacy is important?

  • 23andme has sold access to third parties.... 
by C S G2G6 Pilot (274k points)
I test with FTDNA.  They test only ancestral areas of the chromosomes.  No one can steal your identity from DNA.  I just don't want my living tester's DOBs, places of birth, etc. exposed by wikitree via gedmatch.  I am relieved that the info is private when people click on "wiki" within gedmatch.  I just needed to log out to see what they see!  Unfortunately, I "think" via wikitree, and therefore, am always logged in!!  Yahoo wikitree!

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