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Privacy with online genealogy

Because of privacy concerns, online information about living people and their close relatives should be protected.

Even though the software we host gives you the ability to hide the details of living individuals, whenever you post the personal details of living individuals on the Internet, you should first obtain the permission of EACH living person you plan to include. (from http://wiki.phpgedview.net/en/index.php?title=Readme_Version_4)  In some places it is forbidden by law to enter details of minors into websites.  It's generally OK to put in a placeholder with the name entered as "Living" and no other information.

Information about living people should be protected by privacy settings in your website.  Use of Family Vault℠ encryption or an enhanced security Ancestor Tree plan is recommended for more security.

Two privacy policies are "hide living individuals" and "hide individuals with living family members".

Hide living individuals
To implement a "hide living individuals" policy in PGV, use the following settings on the "Edit Privacy file" page of your Gedcom configuration.

"Show dead people"  - "Show to Public"
"Show living names" - "Show only to authenticated users".
Limit Privacy by age of event  - No

Hide individuals with living family members
To implement a "hide individuals with living family members"  policy in PGV, use the following settings on the "Edit Privacy file" page of your Gedcom configuration.

"Show dead people"  - "Show to Public"
"Show living names" - "Show only to authenticated users"
"Limit Privacy by Age of Event" - yes
"Age at which to assume a person is dead"  - 100

In most cases this will hide some individuals without living family members.  To restore those individuals to public access set them to "Show to public" in "Privacy Settings by ID".

TNG and webtrees have similar but distinct privacy models.  None support "Hide individuals with living family members" without setting some per-individual privacy settings.

Your computer connected to the internet is potentially vulnerable to data theft, which could compromise your website when you log in.  Here are our security recommendations.