The genealogical community spoke… and a genealogical company listened.
Second, MyHeritage has completely deleted the paragraph that users were giving it the right to “transfer, lease, rent, sell, share and/or or otherwise distribute de-identified information to third parties for any purpose, including without limitation, internal business purposes.” Even though the old paragraph said the information would only be aggregated with data from others and that all personal identifiers would be removed, it’s a huge step forward for user privacy that there can’t be any sharing of this information with unspecified third parties.
Third, and related to the change above, MyHeritage has taken out the language that gave it a “transferable … license to use your DNA Results” — so it’s crystal clear that there isn’t going to be any use or sale or sharing of DNA results with third parties unless MyHeritage comes back to users and gets specific permission. (Or of course unless you opt in to the Consent Agreement and the research project — your choice.)
Finally, you can now withdraw your permission to MyHeritage to use your DNA data for matching purposes at any time. The old language gave MyHeritage a “perpetual … license to use your DNA Results” — meaning a license that lasted forever — and that word perpetual is now gone. So you can change your mind at any time.
So … what do we have here?
A company that listened.
And then acted.
Without playing games or making excuses.
Without even blaming the lawyers who, let’s face it, even The Legal Genealogist blames for most things like this.
- See “MyHeritage is Adding Free DNA Matching,” MyHeritage blog, posted 19 May 2016 (http://blog.myheritage.com/ : accessed 21 May 2016). ↩