Sharing personal information about about living family members #general

Gloria Bailey <gab123@...>

As others have mentioned, we did have a discussion of this issue in the

I would just like to say that my preference is that people not share enough
information about living people that identity theft could occur. (Here in
the US it is mother's maiden name, date of birth, social security number and
city of birth that are often used to steal an identity).

In my own case, before widespread posting on the Internet was an option, I
shared information with a researcher who I now do not believe is actually
related to me. Nevertheless, he has appended all of my family information
to his family tree and then, (the part that upsets me) he has shared it with
others and has posted it online in several online family trees. He has
posted all my family including my estimates on birth dates and death dates,
my errors, etc. I have requested numerous times that this be removed >from
the Internet, but in the last few weeks I came upon this information again
while doing a search. Again I contacted the researcher to please remove
this information but he has not responded.

I now share information only on deceased people for the most part. In other
cases, where a close relative (cousin, 2nd cousin whom I know the family
of) requests information, I share information on their line first and as I
get to know how they treat privacy issues I am willing to share more. This
policy has worked much better for me, but I can't undo the error I made in
the early 1990's when I did share my whole database with a researcher.

So, I appreciate Harold's thoughts on this subject and I want to warn
everyone about sharing even one on one because unless you know they won't
publish such information online, it is the same as publishing it yourself.

Gloria AULETTA Bailey,
searching for OSHEROWITZ, OSHER,
and GINSBEG/GINSBURG in Romanova or Slutsk and SCHILDKRAUT in Pagost

<Given the amount of personal information contained on a family tree and
today's concerns about identity theft etc. what is the general view about passing
such information to others, even if only to members of the family. Once one has
forwarded such information, they, unthinkingly may pass it on again in an
uncontrolled way.

I believe I once read on this, or a similar forum, that putting family trees
into the public domain (not quite the same as the above scenario) would require
the agreement of all living people on the tree. Although a daunting task I can
at least understand the thinking behind that.

What is the appropriate protocol?

Thank you,

Harold Fineberg (London UK)

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