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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.