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Security for Items Shared in Memories

I LOVED sharing stories, photos & other documents in Memories until I realized ANYONE can access any information posted about ANY recently (or distantly) deceased persons which a more dishonest person could use to establish trust relationships with living relatives in order to perpetrate a scam. Do we need to create greater limits/control/security on who can access items in the Memories or a warning notice before to consider the risk before an item is uploaded. At the very least heighten the awareness of the potential risk when training people in FamilySearch. I am now hesitant to suggest people use this feature of this public site. Is any one else concerned about this issue?
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  • We all benefit from the memories of ancestors uploaded by others. That is the beauty of the site, that we can discover memories of our ancestors that others have contributed. I, for one, have been very grateful to others for memories they have added about my ancestors. I certainly would have been sad if they would have restricted me from seeing them, simply because they may not know me.
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  • I must admit that I too am hesitant to put much extra info on for the same reason. Like others I have had my tree added to and changed by others. Probably best to have a private tree along with FS tree and Ancestry.
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    This concern is a good one, but when it comes to setting up a scam situation, I doubt seriously that FamilySearch is going to be used for learning about people.

    First, no person can see the record of and connections to a living person. Only the person who entered the information on a living person can see that record.

    No sources, which more accurately validate relationships can be attached to a living person's record, no matter who set it up.

    The social sites are much friendlier to "data mining" for material to establish trust with living persons. Chat rooms, gaming sites, and so on are ripe for predators to use to become "friends" with a vulnerable target.
    • Thank you, Tom, for this thoughtful and reassuring reply to the concern expressed as I certainly value the sharing of the Memories and wanted to continue to do so, safely. ☺
    • Of course, we cannot attach a source to a Living person, but we do attach obituary sources to recently deceased Persons. A click on the source's link brings you straight to the obituary. It is a small concern that the list of surviving brothers, sisters, and children could be used for nefarious purposes, but remember that the same info was first published in a newspaper, online news source, or funeral home website before it was linked here. The truth is that our lives aren't as private as they used to be, when newspaper was here today, gone tomorrow, and it took real effort to look up an obituary in last year's newspaper. In any event, these links to obituaries are a small risk, in the grand scheme of things.
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    Serenity, there is a warning when you first upload a picture or other memory. It says that the memories are searchable on Google. Part of the problem is the warning is fairly long. Like those privacy agreements online that we never read. I suspect there are people who don't read the warning, which does suggest not posting pictures of living people without their consent. As a couple of other people note, the world isn't as private as it used to be. I had never thought of people using the internet to gain knowledge and act like they know me or a family member. On the other hand, I was just looking at some old family photos with my mother in law. She was identifying people in them. I think I will post them and ask if other family members know the folks she can't recognize. In this case, all the people are deceased. But it will be a blessing if someone else can help identify them.
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  • Ron Tanner (FamilySearch.org Product Manager) February 06, 2018 20:58
    You need to be aware that recently (late last year) we released an update to Memories around living. If there is a tag that is attached to a living person - then only the owner of that tag can see the tag. This was an effort to allow the visibility of memories with both deceased and living but protect the names of the living by not showing the tag.

    Certainly if people put living information in the notes, etc., that is visible.
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