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Questions related to ensuring that the privacy of living individuals and potentially-sensitive information is preserved when collecting and publishing family history and genealogical data.

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Deleting information from Ancestry.com

If I upload an image to my family tree on Ancestry.com/.ca/.uk, etc. and someone shares/downloads it into their own tree - then if I later delete the image from my tree, does the other person still ...
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Is it crass to record cause of death? What about for suicide?

Most death records have a place where 'cause of death' is recorded. I have recently discovered that a number of my relatives committed suicide. It was always acknowledged that they died, but never ...
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When a genealogist decides to formally publish their years of family history research, are the privacy concerns the same as for online publication?

Specifically, are they allowed to include in the publication mention of family members that are living? Does this also apply to less formal print publications, such as binders created at family ...
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Are there any privacy issues regarding publishing the image of a grave marker online?

I know that some families have 'family plots' and cemeteries on private land, but there are so many cemeteries open to the public - Am I allowed to just take a photo of any tombstone and publish it ...
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What information should or can I publish to a web site?

My aunt has collected a pile of family history going way back. She asked me to help her get it in a form which we can share via the internet. I wrote a Silverlight app which works fine and is ...
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How should I deal with family secrets?

How should I deal with a family secret that directly affects a full branch on the family tree? For example there are two brothers, both married and both have kids. Brother A is the father of his kids ...