You can configure the privacy of your data, your family pictures and your notes.

Note that you can give family and friends access to your private data (‘Friend Access’ and ‘Wizard Access’).

Legal Rights

The CNIL (The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés) applies to GeneaNet. Data privacy law allows you to ask for the deletion of your personal data and the one of your minor children. Copying data from your own Online Family Tree is legal.

GeneaNet is a French website and the French law applies to GeneaNet.

Asking for the deletion of private data

If you are a GeneaNet member, you can contact the person who copied your private data and you can send a copy at abuse@geneanet.org. If this person doesn’t answer in the next days, you can post your complaint on our forums and we will delete the private data.

If you are not a GeneaNet member, you can contact the person who copied your private data from their Contact Page by clicking ‘Know Your Rights’:

The Legal Rights are displayed for your information and you can click ‘Contact the owner of the family tree’ to ask for the deletion of your private data:

A copy of your message will be automatically send to GeneaNet.

Frequently Asked Questions:

My private data has been removed but it still appears in the Google search results list.

Google updates its entire index automatically on a regular basis.

A GeneaNet member has re-added the private data removed by GeneaNet.

We can ask again for the removal of this data but we can’t delete the account unless a lawsuit is filed against the GeneaNet member.

I have set individuals who lived 100 years ago as private but they are still displayed in my family tree.

If all of the living persons are publicly displayed in your family tree, go to ‘Online Family Tree > Update > Advanced Options > Maintenance’, then reinitialize your privacy options. If a living person is publicly displayed in your family tree, log in as ‘Wizard’ to your Public Online Family Tree (GeneWeb) then verify that no nobility title has been entered for this individual. You can set the nobility title display option at the bottom of the individual page.