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Enough with the GDPR!

A promise… This is it. Today is the end of this. After today, NO. MORE. GDPR. Today, The Legal Genealogist will outline what’s been done at this website to try to be ready for today’s effective date of the European Union’s new General Data...

A GDPR favor to ask…

Updating the subscription lists The Legal Genealogist knows. Really. You’re sick and tired of all this… this… this stuff about the GDPR. You may even be using the first two letters to begin other words to describe all the emails you’re getting...

The GDPR, you & me

You’re gonna be hearing about this Loyal readers of The Legal Genealogist, you’re going to get really tired of hearing about the GDPR this week. Just about every website you use, every list you’ve ever signed up for (including a whole bunch...

The casualties of GDPR

Sites shutting down The mandates of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) take effect in just five days, on May 25, and those who — like The Legal Genealogist — provide information to people around the world including within...

A new year… and new terms

Updates to terms of use It’s a New Year, there’s a new privacy law in effect in California, and three of the big DNA testing companies — 23andMe, Ancestry and MyHeritage — have updated their terms of use and/or privacy statements to bring...

GEDmatch acquired by forensic firm

DNA database bought by genomics firm linked to law enforcement No, the calendar hasn’t suddenly stopped — or advanced. No, it’s not Sunday, when DNA is the usual topic around The Legal Genealogist. It’s just that there’s major news on the...

GEDmatch reverses course

Law enforcement matching now opt-in only Informed consent is the essential underpinning of ethical DNA testing and results-sharing. All persons who test have the right to make their own individual choices about testing and about the uses to which their DNA results...

A good start by FTDNA

An opt-out system for police matching It’s never easy to step back, take a deep breath, and admit you’ve made a mistake. So The Legal Genealogist will give Family Tree DNA full credit for taking the first big move towards stepping up to the plate and doing...

The logical fallacy

In response to FTDNA The Legal Genealogist doesn’t usually write about DNA day after day. But I surely will when the issue remains hot — and there are reasons to do so. Today, there are two reasons to do so, both stemming from the disclosure late last week...