DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword

Thomas MacEntee
Aug 2, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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What is privacy?
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Informed Consent
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Privacy Practices
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Role of law enforcement
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Government Use
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Hurting Genealogists?
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Without Consent?
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Best Practices
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Has your concern for privacy prevented you or a family member for taking a DNA test? What about sharing your genealogy research data online with practical strangers (even though you might be related)? Especially as personal DNA testing increases in popularity, and with increased media attention about cold cases solved using DNA data and the use of genealogy databases, today’s genealogist needs to stay on top of the latest information concerning privacy. We’ll review the current status of privacy practices by the five major DNA test kit vendors, current laws and regulations, the role of law enforcement, and what we might expect to see related to privacy in the future.

About the speaker

About the speaker

So, what if I told you that a Baby Boomer guy with a love of punk rock music but also Renaissance Art, somehow “fell” into the technology industry almost 40 years ago, and then left a lucrative career in information technology to pursue his love o
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    A lot of good questions to think about and ways to become more informed about things concerning privacy & uses of DNA.

    A lot of new info requiring some thought!

    Always a great presenter. Lots of important information.

    Always enjoy anything Thomas Mancentee does

    Always great!

    Always learn from Thomas MacEntee.

    Always so informative

    Amazing as always

    Any webinar given by Thomas MacEntee is great and this one is certainly of great importance these days. Hope he is recovering from his surgery!

    As always great information from this presenter. Thank you!


    Being informed is power. Thank you Thomas

    Brilliant webinar from Thomas with lots to think about for the future.

    Chock full of information, I have had concern’s about privacy in general. I do not belong to any social media sites and I try to avoid having my photo taken that would probably be posted to a social media site. My tree’s are private and I will now re read privacy notices. Thank You Thomas & Geoff

    Excellent as always

    excellent as always

    Excellent information and plenty of helpful resources mentioned. Thank you.

    Excellent questions, information, and food for thought as well as the references to get our “privacy” house in order. Another great webinar from Thomas!!!

    Excellent, timely, informative. The mohawk never disappoints.

    Exceptional as always

    Food for thought!

    Get well so we can meet in December.

    Good Topic.

    Great information!

    Great information! Thank you!

    Great subject to consider our DNA privacy. As usual, Tom did a good job of presenting this subject.

    Great update on an always evolving subject. It’s clear that Thomas does his homework when presenting these types of topics. I appreciate that. Thank you Thomas, Jeff, and Legacy

    Great webinar! Thomas is always so helpful! Thanks 🙂

    I agree with whoever said they thought this was Thomas’ best webinar. It was packed full of helpful information.

    I did not expect the subject matter to be this interesting. I learned a lot and realized there are so many facets of this subject that I had never thought of. Thank you.

    I learned so much today! It’s important to think about opt-in/opt-out choices, and the consequences of the choice for the longer term.

    I thought I knew most of this already, but learned a good deal of important information today. Thanks!

    Informative and well presented, as always with Thomas’ webinars.

    informative. excellent as always

    Interesting, informative & sad as those who won’t take DNA tests now due to fears for their privacy probably are on Facebook, etc., where privacy is almost non-existent and, as you indicated, of more use in identifying criminals or solving old crimes than the DNA information. I personally have opted in for myself on Gedmatch although not for the two relatives whose kits I manage.

    It helped me make informed decisions about my DNA submission.

    Learned a lot of new information today!

    Lot’s of great info!!

    Lots of great information provided by a thorough speaker. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part.

    Lots to consider! Thanks for this thought provoking webinar!

    Love how Thomas explains things so clearly.

    No surprises learned a lot!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    once again a great webinar!

    Privacy is stopping the pedigree charts from being added. How to get the word outand get the charts submitted

    So informative–thanks!

    So much to think about…

    So SO incredibly informative!!! Thank you, Thomas!!!

    Sooo much valuable information. Thank you Thomas for researching this topic and sharing your findings with us.

    Thanks for answering my question.

    Thanks for the great food for thought!!

    Thanks, Thomas!

    Thomas always gives a great Webinar. I don’t like to miss any of his instructions.

    Thomas always is so helpful and even though I don’t understand everything the first time around, I am SO glad for the subscription and syllabus!!!

    Thomas is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! A great, very informative webinar! Thank you very much.

    Thomas’s webinars are always excellent!

    Today Thomas MacEntee was back!!! What really great information that everyone should watch about ” Privacy, DNA and Genealogy Handling the Double Edge Sword….real good information that we all need to know cause if you are like me you AGREE to Terms of Service. Thanks Thomas!!!

    Very clear presentation and very responsive to questions and comments.

    Very enjoyable, good speaker.

    Very good basics. appreciated the “newer” information.

    Very informative

    Very informative

    Very informative and gave food for thought – thank you

    very informative as usual

    Very informative!

    Very informative! Raised a number of issues that I had not considered.

    Very informative, thanks!

    Very informative.

    Very informative. Love these webinars

    Very informative. Thomas always has a good webinar, and his presentation slides and verbal is excellent!

    Very well presented. It opened my eyes about privacy. Good tips

    Well done as expected. Thomas is a pro!

    Will recommend to my genealogy friends!

    Wow! So many things to think about concerning DNA. Thank you, Thomas!


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