Privacy, DNA, and Genealogy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword

Especially as personal DNA testing increases in popularity, and with increased media attention to cold cases solved via DNA and the use of genealogy databases, today’s genealogist needs to stay on top of the latest information concerning privacy.

Summary Details

Length: 60 minutes

Summary: Especially as personal DNA testing increases in popularity, and with increased media attention to cold cases solved via DNA and the use of genealogy databases, today’s genealogist needs to stay on top of the latest information concerning privacy. We’ll review the current status of privacy practices by the big genealogy and DNA vendors, current laws and regulations, and what we might expect to see related to privacy in the future.

Description: Has your concern for privacy prevented you or a family member for taking a DNA test? What about sharing your genealogy research data online with practical strangers (even though you might be related)? We’ll take inventory of the current privacy and genealogy practices, look to future practices, and offer practical advice for hobbyists as well as professionals.

Audience Level: Beginner.

Requirements: Projection for computer on large screen; internet connection.

Content: 4 pages.

Outline

  • Is Privacy Hurting Us or Helping Us in Genealogy and Family History?
  • Current Laws and Regulations: US and Worldwide
  • What Does the Future Hold for Privacy and Genealogy?
  • Best Privacy Practices for Genealogy and DNA
  • Resource List

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