FamNet Site Conditions
You are responsible for ensuring that private information remains private. A rule of thumb is that information should be kept private if its disclosure might cause harm to any living person. The safest approach is to keep all information about living people private. For more information click here to see a paper from the privacy commission.
When you store a family tree (GED), the GED document will remain private, but the family tree information will be analysed and added to the GDB. In the GDB, information about dead (or presumed dead) people is made public, while information about other people remain private. People are presumed dead if: -
A) There is a date of death, cremation, or burial recorded, or
B) They would be over 100 years old, or
C) Neither their birth nor death date is recorded, but they have a child who would be more than 80 years old, or
D) Neither their birth nor death date is recorded, but they have a grandchild who would be more than 50 years old, or
E) Neither their birth nor death date is recorded, but they have a greatgrandchild who would be more than 20 years old, or
F) Neither their birth nor death date is recorded, but they have a great great grandchild.
Within your tree you can set individual records to private or public. Once you manually set private/public it will not change until you change it.
When you store a document attached to a person, it does not appear in the document index, but can only be accessed through the person's record. Such documents have the same privacy rules as the person: if the person is public then the document will be public.
When you store a general document you can set the privacy levels for that document. If the document contains information about living people you should not make it public. A “general document” is one that is available through the documents section, either instead of or as well as being available from a person’s record in the GDB.
You should not knowingly record false information, and should correct any errors of which you become aware as soon as you reasonably can. Of course you may have differences of opinion with other genealogists: you should attempt to resolve these differences amicably.
Normal fair-use rules allow brief quotes (with attribution), but you should not publish any copyright information. Permission is usually freely given for non-commercial uses of copyright information, but it is your responsibility to obtain any necessary permissions.
Information that you place on this site remains under your control. You may update or replace it, and control its status (private/public etc). Nobody else will be able to update your information without your permission (although they can link to it), with one exception: the site administrator may delete, hide, or edit information when these site conditions are being breached.
We will not charge you for access to your own information. We may however charge you for some services that use it, and we may charge you for access to others’ information.
Failure to abide by these conditions may result in your registration to use the site being revoked, and/or some or all of your information being removed from the site or hidden from general view.
The system administrator will promptly investigate complaints and take appropriate action. However it is not feasible for the administrator to monitor all information placed on the site, and we take no responsibility for it. Maintaining privacy and following the other rules of accuracy, copyright, and other legal and ethical requirements are YOUR responsibility.
You agree to provide a valid email, and to receive email communications from other users of this site and from the site administrators. We agree not to disclose your email to others except through the “contact record owner” links and similar on the site (these are not vulnerable to mass harvesting), and not to abuse your tolerance by sending newsletters more than once a month.
Failure to abide by these conditions may result in your registration to use the site being revoked, and/or some or all of your information being removed from the site or hidden from general view. We may seek to recover costs from you if your actions in breach of these conditions result in costs being incurred by us.
Once you have clicked [Agree] then you won’t see this notice on subsequent logons. If your logon was created for you as a result of administrator activity, such as loading your database, then you will see this notice on the first time that you log on. If you have already agreed to the site conditions but see this notice again, sorry, just click [Agree] to make it go away. The conditions have not changed.