And the place where lack of privacy is most evident is on MyHeritage.com. All the names, dates, and places of me, my spouse, my children, my sisters, etc. are there. All this popped up after I entered partial names on my part on the living. I don't even know how I am related to the man that has all my personal information and has shared it with the world. I first found this same information a bunch of years ago on Pedigree Resource File, but by the time I found it, it was already burned onto a multitude of CD's. FamilySearch, it seems, has since learned about privacy of the living and now takes it seriously. MyHeritage has not, and I have now found they have very lousy customer service or nonexistent would be better stated. They wanted additional money to be able to contact this person about my own personal self. I tracked down this person by other means and he told me he didn't care. I have cancelled my account with MyHeritage (but unfortunately cannot get the money back I did spend), and I now warn everybody away from MyHeritage that I work with on their family history.I replied to this comment, but I thought that the comments by my dear friend Anonymous needed a more expansive response.
If I understand what is written above correctly, all of the information about this persons's family (me, my spouse, my children, my sisters, etc.) was previously entered into the Pedigree Resource File "a bunch of years ago." I guess my very first question is why did this person think that information was private or unavailable to anyone who wanted to copy it? What is more important however, is why did this person think this information was unavailable even without the prior posting to the Pedigree Resource File?
This post isn't about online family trees. MyHeritage.com didn't have anything to do with putting this person's information online and she seems to think that they have some obligation to police the names of the people who show up in submitted family trees. I further note, from the comment, that the person was putting the names in MyHeritage.com when she found they were already there. The person is apparently upset that, although she doesn't know how she is related, the man "has all my personal information and has shared it with the world." It seems pretty clear to me that the "sharing" part of all this happened a long time ago. Unfortunately, the person didn't indicate where the other person got the information.
Is the composition of your family and the identity of your family members private information? I am aware of any number of apps on Facebook that will go out and look for your family members. Likewise, there is a link on Ancestry.com that will "Find family members on Facebook..." How long would it take me to find the details of your family, if I wanted to do so? Was your family ever mentioned in an obituary? Was there ever a newspaper story about your family? Do you think the banks and credit agencies cannot access Ancestry.com or FamilySearch Family Tree or any other online database?
There is a vast disparity between what this commentator and many people think is "private" and what is easily obtainable online.