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Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] Living youngsters
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 13:26:21 EST
In a message dated 21/01/2002 18:11:47 GMT Standard Time,
> In the State of Vermont (and I presume most other states), all birth,
> marriage, death, and burial information is in the public domain. The only
> exception is in the case of adoption where the Probate Court has issued an
> order that the old birth records be destroyed and new birth records are to
> be issued. Hence no real need to "privatize" the information.
When I was setting up my site for Glamorganshire people to input their family
I was asked by the local authority child protection team to put a "Rule" on
the site that details of people under the age of 16 should not be posted onto
Their reasoning was that having family details in a public domain would make
it easier for those wishing to harm children to take them into their
confidence by showing knowledge of the family.
"Of course you can trust me, I know your granny Emily, and your aunty Mary
and cousin Kate" etc)
Of course my site is specific to a very small geographical area, so such
information might be used more easily by a child abuser than information on a
world wide data base such as World Connect.