At Ancestry, we value and respect our customers’ privacy and we have standards in place to protect the integrity of the data our customers entrust to us. So, we want to be clear about a policy change we are making.
As of today, we are updating our privacy statement to clarify what information we may use and share in an effort to further research in fields such as human evolution and migration, population genetics, health, ethnographic diversity and genealogy. We feel we can contribute to discoveries about the intersection of family history, health and genetics that could benefit our members and society at large.
Please visit our updated privacy statement here.
What this means to you:
We will not share information with third parties for research unless the information has been anonymized or aggregated so that individuals cannot be reasonably identified. Personal information such as names and addresses are kept confidential.
We will not share information from private trees for research purposes unless you have agreed to participate by signing our informed consent.
Your Privacy Settings:
While the majority of our customers choose to keep their trees public for the benefit of discovering, sharing and collaborating with the Ancestry community, you do have the option to make your tree private.
New customers are prompted at registration to mark trees as ‘public’ or ‘private’.
Existing customers can log-in and follow the directions here to make their family tree private.
If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our privacy center here.