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Hints at Findmypast

Discussion in 'Comments on the latest newsletter' started by peter, May 23, 2016.

  1. Bob Spiers

    Bob Spiers LostCousins Star

    There it goes again, someone concerned about ‘My Heritage’ (MH) which has now extended its reach through its ‘Hints’ and ‘Tie-ins’ with established programs like Legacy & Roots Magic. ( I have dropped Legacy and have not used Roots Magic).

    I have had my own experiences with ‘MH’ -as many will know as I have posted often enough – and so understand only too well they pay no regard to data protection of any kind. Their concept is simple, and can be effective…put everyone in touch with everyone by whatever means available… and sadly today their means are greater than ever.

    Subscribers will have ‘smart matches’ thrown at them from every angle, and non-subscribers - linked through ‘tie-in- subscriptions - will be tempted by forbidden fruit in the form of ‘Hints’. I am reminded of the nursery rhyme…” come into the parlour said the spider to the fly”.

    Of course, on occasion (but infrequently as it is more a matter of chance than solid foundation) you will strike gold. Just do not be surprised if it also reveals things that others -who pay regard to data protection - would be required to withhold.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  2. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    So long as you use websites run by companies based in the EU or the USA they will be subject to the sort of data protection that we have come to expect. But when you use a site which is based elsewhere the level of privacy could well fall below your expectations.

    There will, of course, be many companies elsewhere in the world who are subject to similarly stringent local legislation, or who choose to meet the reasonable expectations of their international users; unfortunately, judging from the comments above, it seems that My Heritage may not one of them.

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