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From: "Randall" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] New company?
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2006 10:17:23 -0600
Looks pretty good that someone in Canada was very interested in your site.
This company may be new to our world but it sounds like they have an
established relationship in paternity testing. Have you thought about
emailing them and asking what they are doing with whatever they gleaned from
your website? Maybe they will just tell you. :)
This whole episode has sure been a wake up call for a lot of us. It is
always good to think about the unintended results of posting our
genealogical data of any sort on the net.
One other thing, have you thought about a public/private divide of your
project. My surname society has such a divide. The DNA project part is all
public but other parts are behind a login/password protected divide. We use
a free program called Locked Area Lite at http://www.locked-area.com/html/ .
There is a Pro version that they charge for but I think the free lite
version would work fine for your purposes.
From: Valerie Karvoski [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] New company?
Thanks for your input. The main reason that I was concerned about the images
being taken off of the Taxis project's website is that all of a sudden there
was a huge surge in traffic to the website, including the viewing of images
of documents. My daughter had recently pointed it out to me (the project's
website is actually part of one of my daughter's websites - she donated the
space for the project). We were trying to figure out why the sudden surge in
traffic (was someone thinking of joining the project?), when I read the
message about the Canadian company setting up surname projects with no
participants. And, I was very surprised when they had a Taxis project.
Perhaps I should not conclude that the surge in traffic was caused by
someone from the Canadian company taking images off of the project's
website; but it does seem strange that I found out about both within the
span of a few days. When I took a look at the statistics, I saw that there
were large numbers of hits from Canada in both December and January, but no
hits from there so far this month.
One of the project's participants wants me to require registration and
password protect the website, and another participant does not want me to do
so. I have not heard from the 3rd participant yet. I'm going to wait until I
hear from him, and then make the decision as to what would be the best
course of action. I did put the images on the website to be viewed and
printed out by individuals in the hope that it would attract more potential
I hope that you are correct about the company only collecting surnames and
no data (and images). Thanks again for your input. It certainly helps
knowing what others think about this.
Valerie (von Vange) Karvoski
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 5:28 PM
Subject: RE: [DNA] New company?
While it may seem slightly unsavory for someone to take the information
use it without asking, all it looks like this company did was search for
possible surnames to setup project templates for. I don't think they took
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