Date(s) - January 11, 2016
American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library
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at the Werner & Phoebe Frank Family History Center of the American Jewish University,
Privacy Issues with Online Trees; E. Randol Schoenberg
Privacy remains a huge issue for many genealogists and their family members. Personal genealogy websites, as well as Online Collaborative Trees, offer different levels of privacy protections. The lecture will discuss the varied approaches to the question of privacy, focusing especially on ethical considerations. For example, how should a genealogist respond if someone says she does not want to be on your online tree? Should minors be allowed to use online genealogy platforms? Can the right to privacy ever be reconciled with online collaborative genealogy? As genealogists increasingly utilize public, or semi-public online collaborative genealogy platforms, these questions are becoming more common. The lecture will use numerous real-world examples to analyze the problems and proposed solutions.