What defines a WikiTree “user” if person has DNA results?

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My sibling had given me permission to add them and their DNA information to WikiTree. Which I did.  To avoid having their privacy changed to Unlisted (because of GDPR), I now need to add their e-mail address to the e-mail field of their profile and then have them accept the automated invitation to join WikiTree.  Do they have to ever make a contribution, or volunteer, or sign the honor code? If WikiTree does not receive an e-mail verification confirmation then will they become Unlisted?

Thanks and sincerely,
in Policy and Style by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (605k points)

2 Answers

+13 votes
Best answer

Hi Peter,

You and your sibling should not have a problem.

After you add an e-mail address to their profile, they will be sent an invitation. If they follow the link, they will be invited to create a password and accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Assuming they proceed, their account will be confirmed.

They don't need to do anything else. You can co-manage their profile. They don't need to volunteer to be a Wiki Genealogist, sign the Honor Code, or make any contributions. Their Watchlist can be empty except for their own profile. They needn't receive any e-mail updates if they opt out of the weekly one at Special:Settings.


by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by Jillaine Smith
If they accept the invitation to join WikiTree, then am I able to change their privacy level from “Unlisted” to “Private with Public Biography and Family Tree”?  Am I able to make myself their profile manager?  Or do I need to also provide them instructions on how to do that?

Thanks and sincerely,

I echo Peter's question, and would like to add a variation of it - 

My brother has given me full permission to use his DNA results, and do anything I want with it.  I inform him of everything I do, and show him any results, but he has not shown any interest any managing or doing anything himself with it.  I finally got him to click on an invitation, and he put in a password and sent it to me.  He knows he can modify anything he wants, but wants me to manage it, including the DNA info.  May I log in as him and add his DNA?  He's an American citizen, not ever leaving the USA (not interested in ever getting a passport), has given me full permission, and wants me to do what ever needs to be done, so there is no question of any miss-compliance with the GDPR.

Before someone says "Shut up and just do it" - I don't do things that are considered wrong (I'm brain damaged that way).  But it's sometimes not wrong to log in for someone else, for example, for computer troubleshooting or training.  You are logging in as them to perform various actions or demonstrations "on their behalf", with their full knowledge and permission.  So what I am asking above is the right to act on my brother's behalf, because he has given me full permission to do so.

Hello Chris,

You say they don't need to do anything else.  However they still have to add their DNA information (which requires a lot of "hand holding" in many cases).

Please let me know why someone on their Trusted List can't add their DNA information?  Can granting someone else Trusted List responsibilities (for your profile) include giving them permission to add your DNA information?

Thanks and sincerely, Peter
+8 votes
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

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