Thursday, July 24, 2014

Irish personal data on living removed from gen. site

Too much personal data of living people was on an Irish government genealogical website, Irishgenealogy.ie,  and has now been removed. I love how the problem was described as a "cock up", a phrase we just don't use in the US. The site was created in 2013 to help the Irish trace their families.  Info is supposed to be more than 100 years old. Part of this is no doubt to protect people who gave children up for adoption, among other difficult, emotionally challenging situations.  In reality, information was used from "contemporary civil records about living individuals." Among this information was marital status, birth dates, and maiden names. The information for those under 100 years old in age was removed. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28422151

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