privacy in gedmatch.

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Just an observation today.   I don't totally understand all the new privacy stuff. but I do see it's effects.  Especially with living notables here.

But I've recently noticed something else in gedmatch with the gedcoms people can load up.  Obviously living people, even though they were just names are being replaced with "Hidden"

But something else is happening, people who are dead, in some cases long dead are also being "Hidden"  Case in point:  One of the Hidden people had a daughter born in 1847.  And this is not just once or twice, I saw it several times.

Of course this could be a simple technical glitch.  But I don't like it.  I'd hate to come on to wikitree and see people born in the 17 or 1800's start to become unlisted.

But this whole privacy thing could have other effects.

There have been efforts in various places to greatly restrict what Birth/Death/Marriage records are available to the public.  I wonder if this will lead to some blanket restriction on what records are available in Europe or elsewhere.   What happens if some politician says.  "Maybe all records of this nature, regardless of date, should be unavailable to the public for privacy reasons."

Just an observation and some random thoughts on a Sunday morning.  Perhaps I'm simply being alarmist, but in some cases being alarmist is a good thing.

Now back to some genealogy as I just realized to my Horror that Benny Hill, probably the best British person ever, while he has a profile, is not listed as a notable nor is connected to the tree.
in The Tree House by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Mach 8 (87.9k points)

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NZ has a 100 year restriction for Birth records and an 80 year restriction for Marriage and Death records.  I have been forced to work within this restriction and so far I have done reasonably well.

Benny Hill was quite a character. I loved his show!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)

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