New privacy policy on living people

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Is it really true that Wikitree now does not want us to add profiles for anyone whom we do not know personally and might be living?  Even when the info is publicly available in Family Search on say the 1930 or 1940 census or a simple Google search?

Much of my interest has been in connecting with distant cousins, who are still alive. The new rules, if I understand them, could put an end of that.  Particularly if the profiles are unlisted, why is it a problem to put the profile on Wikitree?
in Policy and Style by Robert Cox G2G5 (5.3k points)
This is NOT what Wikitree wants!!

This is what Wikitree must do if it wishes to survive as an online entity.

The EU (European Union) is forcing this issue, not Wikitree.

Please STOP BLAIMING Wikitree.

3 Answers

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Hi Robert, it is not neccesarily what Wikkitree wants, as much as it is Wikkitree adheering to the new GDPR privicy laws.

Google and all the other online trees will also comply with these laws, some just take a little longer to update the new changes. Yes unfortunately our living relatives will not be able to connect with any of our living profiles as all are unlisted, This is unfortunate as I have found a few branches to my living family while the profiles were public. However the changes of privacy will now make the search for living relatives a lot more difficult.

I have made a spreadsheet with all my living relatives in order to keep them up to date.

The new laws will be enforced whether we like them or not. We just have to learn to work with them and make the best of what we have.
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (345k points)
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If you have not been following the recent discussions on the topic you can read more about what is happening and why on the GDPR FAG. This recent post by Chris Whitten about the new privacy policy also give useful information. https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/616285/did-you-see-our-new-privacy-policy

by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (630k points)
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Is it really true that Wikitree now does not want us to add profiles for anyone whom we do not know personally and might be living?...

 ...Particularly if the profiles are unlisted, why is it a problem to put the profile on Wikitree?

The answer to the first question is No, it is not true.  As you state in the second question, it is not a problem because  those profiles will be Unlisted and the information not publicly available.  See Wikitree's new Privacy Policy where it states: 

Members can add personal information about their living family members, however:

  • Profiles that contain information on living people who are not WikiTree members and therefore have not explicitly agreed to our Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy must use our "Unlisted" privacy setting.
  • You must not share information regarding a living person without that person’s explicit permission.
  • You must not share information about a living child under 16 without parental consent.
  • You must not share any information about a living child under 13 unless you are their parent and legal guardian. Even profiles of children created by parents should be considered placeholders only and not contain any sensitive information.
  • You must not share any information about DNA tests for other living people.
by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (159k points)

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