Help:Privacy Conflicts

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WikiTree offers extensive privacy controls and our Honor Code says that users must always respect the privacy concerns of others. Nevertheless, conflicts will arise between family members regarding what family information should be online.


Contact the Profile Manager

If you see private information about family members publicly displayed on WikiTree, contact the Profile Manager and ask them to remove it.

If this person is not told about your privacy concerns they may post the information again, here and elsewhere on the Internet.

You can contact the manager through the private message link on the profile.

Disagreements about Privacy

Family members often disagree about how much family history should be made public.

On WikiTree, individuals can request that any information about themselves or a minor be removed. See the section on privacy take-down requests below.

How much information about a non-living parent should be on WikiTree is up to the children. Information about grandparents is up to the grandchildren, etc. Siblings and cousins need to work out disagreements between each other. See Privacy Conflicts for more information.

Take-Down Requests

You can use the "PRIVACY TAKE-DOWN REQUEST" form linked from the bottom of a profile in the following cases:

  • the profile represents you, or
  • it represents an individual for whom you are the parent or legal guardian, or for whom you are communicating as their sole designated representative, or
  • it represents a child under 13.

If you see your name listed as a child on your parent's profile you do not need to send a separate request. The link will automatically be removed when your profile is removed or made private.

If you are having trouble finding the form, substitute the WikiTree ID in place of WikiTree-1 in this URL:

Removal from Google

When information on WikiTree (or any other website) is removed or changed, it will not instantly disappear from search results on Google.

Google stores its own copy of all the websites it indexes. Their copies are often a few days old. They will generally be updated within a few days.

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