GDPR and dates of death for those certainly dead

+10 votes

Since the GDPR is coming into effect and the Profiles of living non-members will soon have their privacy changed to Unlisted.

Is it advisable to enter a year of death that is beyond the expected lifespan? EG those born in or before 1898?


in Policy and Style by Gerard Ockerse G2G Crew (630 points)
retagged by Jillaine Smith

Yes I think that's a good way to go. I had two profiles like that - since they would likely not have lived to be 110 years old I added a death date of "before 2010" so as they would not become unlisted. Then I made notes on the profile that the death year is likely way out. I can't see any other way around this problem. Perhaps someone else will have a better idea.

3 Answers

+14 votes
Best answer
You don't need to enter random guesses of death dates to cause a person to be treated as "dead."

If the profile has the data qualifier "about/uncertain but non-living" but the death date field is blank, the person will be treated as dead by the WikiTree system.

And currently, if the person was born more than 100 years ago, the profile will not be forced to have the living-person privacy protections even if there is no death information on the profile.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by Jamie Nelson
+4 votes
I added 100 years. Seemed the best bet.
by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (572k points)
Ooo, Chris!  Wait until you're 101 and I've marked you as dead on WikiTree.  How do you feel about that? ;)
Then I'm so gonna haunt you. ;) Hope you like the Barney theme. =P

I've actually marked myself as dead once by mistake on here. Brought myself back. Being dead was such an inconvenience.
+3 votes
As much as we would like a definite cutoff date I do not believe that it is wise or advisable to say after 100 years that person must be dead, or even 110 years. Yes it would work on the vast majority but if even one slipped thru the results for WikiTree could be severe. In the last week alone they had stories on our local news about a man who was 104 and a woman who is 113 and if even one of them had a profile on WikiTree that could trigger a big fine if they were Open, and the one was planning a trip to Europe.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.6m points) and document that some people have lived past 100 and past 110, but they aren't common. The oldest known person in my family (actually my husband's family) died at 110.

I believe I saw a news report recently indicating that the last living person born in the 19th century (i..e., in 1900 or earlier) had died.
In my personal tree outside of wikitree I just made a cleanup of persons who the system doesn't recognize as dead because there was no death date entered., I chose as "definitely dead" the year 1902 and earlier, as there are only 2 persons still living with byear 1901 and 1902 respectively. But even the 1903 I still let open until I come across an obit.

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