Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DNA Privacy

Tune in to today's DNA Privacy discussion with Angie Bush, Blaine T. Bettinger, Judy G. Russell and Cousin Russ Worthington - a powerful group of smart folks. They explain my responsibilities as an individual researcher are separate and distinct from my responsibilities as a blogger and presenter.

For yesterday's video, Angie reminded Ol' Myrt here to block out information on living individuals as we discuss what's up with my AncestryDNA test results. I've used the yellow box in the screen shot below to block out the full view of profile photos of living individuals who match my DNA test results.


Blaine Bettinger explained that although individuals may give permission for me, as an individual researcher, to view our DNA matches and their Ancestry Member Trees, that doesn't give me rights to share that information with the rest of the world.

Judy Russell pointed to the NGS Guidelines for Sharing Information With Others that explains we must: 
"respect the restrictions on sharing information that arise from the rights of another as an author, originator or compiler, as a living individual; or as a party to a mutual agreement." [Emphasis added.] Source:
Angie Bush pointed out that following an NGS Quarterly editorial about DNA privacy, an ad hoc committee was formed to create privacy and best practices guidelines for genetic genealogists. The guidelines are currently in the final development stages.

Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt here are committed to respecting the privacy of living individuals in all that we do, whether video, print or blog publications.


Angie Bush -
Blaine Bettinger -
Judy Russell -
Russ Worthington -

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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  1. Thank you for this post, and for including summary information in text. This helps tremendously for those of us who can not view the videos and HangoutsOnAir due to slow internet access.

    1. Dear Geolover,
      Thanks for the feedback. I sure appreciate your support.