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  • #16
    After much thought and analysis my opinion is that the only ethical thing for Family Tree to do is to make law enforcement matching 'opt out' by default. Those who want 'opt in' matching for law enforcement should have to take the initiative to 'opt in'.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Tenn4ever View Post
      After much thought and analysis my opinion is that the only ethical thing for Family Tree to do is to make law enforcement matching 'opt out' by default. Those who want 'opt in' matching for law enforcement should have to take the initiative to 'opt in'.
      Aboslutely. At the bare minimum. Anything else would just look like a cheap ploy to imply some type of consent where none was given or even asked for.

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      • #18
        I never recieved this email - even though i receive all sorts of emails from them. I'm actually quite distressed by this. I will go to my account and opt out now- but the question remains: Does anyone know if law enforcement agencies have already copied all the data onto their servers? That would make opting out just for show, as it will essentially be too late.

        How should i think about not having received this email from ftdna when i get it seems like i am always getting stuff from them? -I get sales prices, contest, reports of people leaving projects, GAP info and so on.

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        • #19
          Unfortunately, I think it's just too late. The company may tell you differently, but how could you ever believe them? The president of this company flagrantly broke their contract with the customers and treated our data like it was his personal property. As soon as I found out about this myself, I made it clear what they had to do to restore credibility, and what did they do? Delete the forum comment and then months later come out with this deceptive 'opt -out' campaign. They're not fooling anybody, but it seems as if they just don't care what their customers think. It's most likely just too late to protect our data or save this company.

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          • #20
            Great news from Gedmatch. At least they are taking the ethical high road as opposed to Family Tree who took the low sleazy road. At Gedmatch Law Enforcement matching 'opt-out' will be the default. A person will need to consciously make the choice to opt - in for that to be affective. If someone wants their data used in this way then I say go for it and hopefully you can help find a criminal .

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