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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...

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...

One little change

Enable us, Family Tree DNA! The furor over the unilateral decision of the genealogical DNA testing company Family Tree DNA to change its terms of service and open its customer database to law enforcement for use in criminal investigations comes down in the final...

Opening the DNA floodgates

FTDNA database now wide open to law enforcement The Legal Genealogist has long been one of the biggest fans of the DNA testing company, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), part of the Gene by Gene companies of Houston, Texas. A company established by genealogists for...

2018 top posts: overall

The overall winners of 2018 So, putting the top DNA posts of 2018 aside after last Sunday’s post, The Legal Genealogist continues the look back at this crazy tumultuous year with a review of the top posts overall from all of 2018. There are some interesting...