Ancestry’s Privacy Philosophy

Your privacy is important to you.
That’s why it’s so important to us.

When you make new discoveries with us, we want you to be confident that we are good stewards of your personal information. Our customers have trusted us with personal information for over 20 years—and we’re committed to helping ensure you feel just as secure today.

Your trust is our top priority.

Whether it’s your family history or your DNA data, we always strive to manage your personal information with integrity and respect. Earning your trust as we protect your privacy is at the core of what we do every day.

We will continue to earn your trust by:

  1. Being transparent to avoid confusion and surprise.

  2. Simplifying our policies and making your choices clear.

  3. Making sure you have control of your own data.

Read our full Privacy Statement

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how our policies put transparency, simplicity, and control into action for you.

Your Data

What information does Ancestry collect about me?
How does Ancestry use information about me?
Does Ancestry share information about me?
How can I review, update, or delete information about me?
How does Ancestry use data about me in scientific research?
Who owns my data?

Your Privacy

Does my Ancestry profile disclose personal information?
What are my privacy settings with AncestryDNA?
How are living people protected by AncestryDNA?
How are living people protected in family trees?

Your Security

How is my DNA data protected?
How does Ancestry keep personal information safe?
How can I keep my password secure?
How secure is my payment information?

Sharing with Others

Who can see my DNA results?
Can Ancestry users contact each other?
Can other Ancestry users see my activity on Ancestry?
What's the difference between public, private, and unindexed trees?
What happens when I share my tree?
Who can comment on my tree?
Who can edit content in family trees?
Do I get credit for the content I post?
How do Facebook and Ancestry work together?
Does Ancestry respond to law enforcement requests?

Advertising and Cookies

Will Ancestry market to me?
What is Ancestry’s cookie policy?