Does Genealogy include living as well

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Does geneaology include living people as well.
in Genealogy Help by Gideon Hendrik Niemann le Roux G2G2 (2.3k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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WikiTree can and does include living people, within the context of protecting their privacy.  

Generally, official records such as birth certificates, marriages, death, census and so forth are released well after a person's death, although you can use personal knowledge, I would suggest exercising judgment as well. 

Privacy legislation varies in different jurisdictions, and generally involves a requirement for informed consent.  WikiTree has recently adopted the European standard referred to as GDPR.  

Here is discussion thread that may be useful:

And an FAQ is published here:

by Laurie Giffin G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
selected by Shaun Doust
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Laurie gave a good answer but to extend, the answer is “it depends”.

From an ethical perspective, youneed to have permission to publish any living person. Ethics trumps legal.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (556k points)

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