Can a genealogy site display personal info without my permission?
March 31, 2010 1:37 PM Subscribe
Is it legal for a random genealogy website to display my full name, birthdate and mother's maiden name without asking my permission?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (15 answers total)
I just received a Facebook email from someone with my last name. Said he was from "mylastname".org and wanted me to confirm my parents' names (including mother's maiden name) and my grandfather's name.
Annoyed, I went to the "mylastname".org website and was gobsmacked to see that this person / organization has information displayed on more than 55,000 people (including first, middle, last, and maiden names, full dates of birth, and mother's maiden name). Didn't have to sign in, use a password or anything. I'm 100% certain that I never provided this information to this person -- god only knows where they got it from in the first place.
I mean in the 21st century this is incredibly stupid, no? Beyond that, is it legal? It seems crazy to me that this is floating around out there without people's permission but perhaps I'm just being paranoid.