JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Confidentiality #general

cecilia <myths@...>

Susan Fifer wrote:
As an exercise, I took >from last week's Jewish Chronicle the announcement of
a birth put in by the new parents. [...] Using only
the Jewish Chronicle archives and UK BMD material >from Ancestry, I was able
to construct an outline family tree within a few hours. [...]
It took a few hours, even for an uncommon surname.

It's not just identity theft.

Even if "mad/bad people", or life insurance companies, etc., knew
about Ancestry etc., and were likely to be persevering enough to do
the work, I see no reason to make it easier for them by making
extended lineage-linked trees about living people easily available.

Cecilia Nyleve

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