Is this page still accurate?
Are anonymous people going to survive the transition?
Will we have the option to delete unlisted profiles since they will no longer be helpful?
Case in point.
In research it is helpful to know what surnames are included in an ancestors descenancy. This way, when we see a new relative that takes a DNA test, but is not very far along in their genealogy research, we can get an idea of where they fit. They may choose to share their parents and grandparents surnames, but keep their personal information private.
Judging who they match with me, I might have a hunch who their 5g parents are. If however, their unlisted grandparents and parents dont show up in a descendants tree, that information is much harder to validate.
The point is, we are doing research on our ancestors, not on the living people. Referring to them only as Anonymous LASTNAMEATBIRTH, shows us only surnames. We didnt even have to enter birthdates in the past, but now we at least have to offer a guess of one. If we do not identify the test taker, or the company, or their gedmatch id, their gender, etc.. just knowing that a descendant took a DNA test, and the trail of surnames to get to descendents, helps us in finding out more about our ancestors.
GDRP does provide us use of information for reseach purposes and genealogy is considered an area of research. Also, if we do not uniquely identify an individual or any of their personal information we should be within the guidlines.