A new Ancestry feature, in beta mode, has been rolled out to many, if not most, users. Truthfully, I was quite surprised to discover that Ancestry is displaying the location where I currently live to my DNA matches through fourth cousins. I never intentionally gave permission for this, meaning I never expected the location where […]
via Ancestry Displays City/State Where You Live on Map to Your DNA Matches — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy. Great points made by Roberta Estes. Even with a common name, it’s too easy to find somebody if you know the city
My suggestion to AncestryDNA is to make it opt-in instead of forcing people to have to opt-out. It took me a while to find where to change it as I currently do not have access to the beta. For those who don’t have access to the beta, go to https://www.ancestry.com/connect/Profile/. Choose Edit Name/Location next to your profile picture (or icon if you don’t have a photo).
Update: Ancestry asked me to do a survey when I logged in and I made it clear I was not happy with this blatant violation of our privacy and suggested they make it opt-out with the ability to opt-in. Wonder how long it will be before somebody uses this new option to cause harm.