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Privacy issues & Ethics - Birth/Marriage/Death Records

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Privacy issues & Ethics - Birth/Marriage/Death Records

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 10:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Apr 2011 8:25AM GMT
Curious as to what people think about this topic.

I have my own birth certificate scanned and online in my TNG Family Tree website. I have no qualms about my privacy or having it there, as most of the information included on it already appears on the internet in various places, and almost anyone can go to the County and see it and get it. (My online tree does make "living" information available only to registered users.)

In trying to get my living family's records, a couple of them have raised stinks about not wanting their privacy invaded and put online. When I tell them it's already online, they act like they don't believe me and don't care.

The articles I've read online about these types of privacy issues call attention to the fact that someone could get your mother's maiden name and use it to access bank records, etc. However, a person could do that without accessing the birth certificate. A lot of maiden names appear right here on ancestry!

As for using it to create a new identity, you can't do that with a printed birth certificate with no seal on it. So to me, there really are no privacy issues.

I've even offered to make the scans unavailable to the general public, and they still don't want to do it. I think some people just feel the need to make an issue and stick by it...even when it doesn't really make sense.

What do you think? And please, let's keep this thread genial.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
EricAndrist 26 Apr 2011 4:18PM GMT 
carobradford 26 Apr 2011 7:24PM GMT 
EricAndrist 26 Apr 2011 8:47PM GMT 
carobradford 26 Apr 2011 9:22PM GMT 
EricAndrist 26 Apr 2011 9:24PM GMT 
carobradford 26 Apr 2011 9:59PM GMT 
EricAndrist 26 Apr 2011 10:07PM GMT 
carobradford 27 Apr 2011 7:08AM GMT 
deeflint01 28 Nov 2013 1:04AM GMT 
LHSwisher 26 Apr 2011 10:09PM GMT 
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