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07-31-2015, 08:49 PM
Hello members,

Although already announced in our Terms of Service update thread (http://www.anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?7-Terms-of-Service-and-Forum-Rules-Update/page2), this topic necessitates its own for full coverage of this issue.

It has been brought to our attention that some of our regulars have been routinely and publicly sharing private information of people who aren't registered to this forum (in this case GEDmatch IDs). These individuals have since joined the community and were surprised to note their genetic data was being openly discussed. No earlier consent either requested or given.

The Anthrogenica administration prioritize the right to individual privacy and anonymity on this forum. As a result, we have expanded section 3.4 to include unregistered users:

3.4 Disclosure of both members and unregistered user private information, compromising details or similar items without the individual's prior consent will result in disciplinary measures. Please be mindful of what you share about others.

Please note the above refers to any personal information, be it relevant or not to the hobby of genetic genealogy, which may directly or indirectly lead to a privacy breach. Given the breadth of identifiers which may be present through genetic project IDs, please consider whether or not sharing these publicly will accidentally yield unnecessary insight into the owner's identities. Additionally, we will also have to take cases on an individual basis if they come.

After reviewing the material, these posts (a very small minority of the total) did not breach any of our existing rules at the time. The previous version of section 3.4 explicitly refers to registered members only. We also recognize these privacy breaches were not ill-intentioned.

As of today, following this update, we kindly ask our members to adhere to the above herein. Members who had previously or unintentionally shared such information will receive amnesty. We do, however, ask you to revisit your prior posts if you recall sharing IDs and inform us via ModBot to amend them if you suspect a breach. Future instances of this will not receive any such leniency and will be processed according to our infraction protocol or other necessary measures.

Thank you all for your time.

01-10-2021, 03:17 PM
Dear All,

We are bumping this thread following our recent clarification of section 3.5 of our Terms of Service (https://anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?7-Terms-of-Service-and-Forum-Rules-Update&p=736036&viewfull=1#post736036):

3.5 Disclosure of both members and unregistered user private information (including and especially another person's DNA test results), compromising details or similar items without the individual's prior consent will result in disciplinary measures. Please be mindful of what you share about others.

It has come to our attention that several users on Anthrogenica have, again, been posting the private information of other users.

In this particular case, said information comes in the form of 'G25 coordinates', which are PCA positions based on genotype files belonging to various individuals (including unregistered users).

As said coordinates are personalized data and are provided to users on a private basis by the Eurogenes Project, our administration considers these to fall squarely within the limits of section 3.5.

We do not make assumptions as to how individuals size up the privacy considerations of their genome-generated coordinates, and neither should those AGers who are mass-posting said coordinates here.

We advise all users who're cross-posting the coordinates of others to ensure that they have either received the expressed permission of the coordinate's recipient(s) before posting these publicly here, or said recipient(s) have made it public that they're happy for those coordinates to be disseminated across the Internet.

Should any members be partaking in the above behavior, we advise them to contact a member of staff (a Local Moderator in the first instance if present) to remove any coordinates (or other personal data) that you suspect was shared without the person of origin's permission.

Please note that - Per the 2015 OP above - In the event that a substantive complaint is made regarding this matter, infractions will be swift. We continue to advise hefty contemplation as to what you're posting in our community.

Thanks for your cooperation