#188 Privacy By Year


I see a few problems with privacy even when the names
and data of living persons are hidden.

Firstly, with all the dates of the recently deceased along
with the places, one could track down a person through

Secondly, if one clicks on Marriage for a deceased man,
for example, his spouse's name comes up, thus exposing
her maiden name and address.

Thirdly, blocking out a whole living family with the
exception of a recently deceased child and giving a date
and place rather defeats the whole purpose.

What I would like to see is a practice followed by
organizations such as the Ontario Genealogical Society,
which many serious working genealogists adhere to:
1) as of this 2004, no people shown with births after
2) no people shown with marriages after 1924, and
3) no people shown with deaths after 1934.

Simply hiding certain facts or names of living people
does not go far enough.


  • KosherJava

    KosherJava - 2004-02-16

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    Do you have a link to any documents on the web that mention
    birth age of 95, 80 years for marriage and 70 years for
    death records as a standard for privacy? Is it used by
    anyone other than the Ontario Genealogical Society?
    I found :
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~canon/resources-vits.html and other
    Ontarion sources for the formula but nothing in other
    places. Is Ontarion the only place that has Privacy rules? I
    know Poland will release B/M/D records that are 100 years old.

  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-02-18

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    Attached is the privacy file that I mentioned in the forums,
    just replace the gedcom.ged_priv.php file in the index
    directory with this file for each gedcom with this file.


  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-02-18
    • assigned_to: nobody --> yalnifj
    • status: open --> open-fixed
  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-02-18

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    Sorry, I forgot to mention some more directions. You can
    specify the age at which the privacy settings will take affect
    by setting the "Age at which to assume a person is dead".
    The default for this value is $MAX_ALIVE_AGE = 120.

    The attached privacy file will hide people who were born less
    than $MAX_ALIVE_AGE years ago, who were married less that
    $MAX_ALIVE_AGE-15 years ago, and who died less than
    $MAX_ALIVE_AGE-25 years ago.


  • Loren Koehler

    Loren Koehler - 2004-02-19

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    Manitoba Vital Statistics supplies data on births over 100
    years, marriages over 80 years and deaths over 70 years. So
    this is similar to the OGS limits.
    Thanks for the custom privacy file. It should be fairly easy to
    tweak any of these settings now.

  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-04-01
    • milestone: 213376 -->
    • summary: privacy enhancement --> Privacy By Year
    • assigned_to: yalnifj --> nobody
    • labels: 434301 -->
  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-04-01

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    As this is not going to be included in the main project, I am
    going to move it to the patches section where others can
    find it easier if they want.


  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-04-26
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  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-04-26

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    Privacy By Year module updated on 26 Apr 2004.


  • PEvans

    PEvans - 2004-10-11

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    I am very excited about this enhancement on privacy and
    feel that it would be added as an option to the standard
    privacy settings...

    With that, I replaced my ...ged_priv.php file with this one and
    it appeared not to work. Not only did the people not
    disappear that I thought would, the names of the living
    showed up even with that option turned off.

    Unfortunately I do not know enough about PHP to have
    determined the issue. Let me know if there would be more


  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-10-11

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    Hi Phil,

    The 3.2 beta version includes this as a standard privacy
    option. It is not the default option, but it is easy to flip the
    switch in the privacy settings. My reccommendation to you
    would be to use v3.2.

    I don't know that this patch will work in version 3.1 and as it
    has been included in v3.2, I will close this patch.


  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2004-10-11
    • status: open-fixed --> closed-fixed

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