An update to my Rader DNA collaborators
1. I am becoming more active in the one-name society of Britain. Their idea is that to figure out your relatives in a particular surname you should survey the whole world for occurrences of that surname. They offer many inexpensive courses at https://www.pharostutors.com/ . I am currently taking their Introduction to One-Name Studies (901) course. I will share my report with you when I complete it.
2. The privacy rights advocators are active in Europe which will make it more difficult to contact potential relatives in Europe. They believe that everyone should be able to opt out of every relationship. The further believe that everyone has the right to be forgotten. I expect to get a copy of an agreement for your approval as soon as I find one!
On 25th May GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – will come into force in the European Union. Although the UK is leaving the European Union in 2019, the legislation will also apply to the UK and will be enshrined in UK law through the new Data Protection Bill, which is currently going through Parliament. Although this is an EU regulation, it applies to companies and organisations worldwide which have customers or members in the EU, though it is not at all clear how the EU will be able to enforce the regulation in practice in countries over which it has no jurisdiction. Nevertheless, most big companies outside the EU are taking the legislation seriously and it has already had the benefit of encouraging large American companies like Facebook and Google to improve their previously lax attitudes to privacy.
However, while the aims of GDPR are sound, the legislation is hitting small companies and volunteer organisations particularly hard. Valuable volunteer time is being taken up in interpreting and enacting the requirements. GDPR sets a high bar for consent, and all consents have to be GDPR compliant. Although fresh consent is not always necessary, some organisations have decided to take no chances and have sought renewed consent regardless. Like everyone else, I have been bombarded with e-mails from companies and organisations asking me to give consent to receive e-mails and newsletters that I’ve already asked to receive. There have been endless other e-mails informing me of updated privacy policies. With the best will in the world I simply do not have the time or inclination to read all the fine details of these thousands of new policies, which rather defeats the object of the requirement for informed consent.
Read more at https://cruwys.blogspot.com/2018/05/genealogy-and-dna-casualties-of-gdpr.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+Cruwysnews+(Cruwys+news)
3. I am also taking another course to become more versed in DNA from https://www.coursera.org. that course is “Genetics and Society: A Course for Educators” by American Museum of Natural History
4. As if that was not enough I am also trying to become more versed in Early Human History so that I can understand the Anthropologist input to the DNA field. The great courses are the source for these 24 lesson video courses https://www.thegreatcourses.com
a. Development of European Civilization
b. Late Middle Ages
c. The Celtic World
d. How the Crusades Changed History
f. Ancient world
g. Mideval Europe
h. The rise of humans
i. Human prehistory
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