Privacy Statement

Read our summary of's Privacy Statement.


  • Ancestry commits to being a responsible steward of your personal information.
  • You maintain control over your biological samples and DNA data.
  • Discoveries made using Ancestry's services cannot be undone and may reveal unexpected facts about you or your family.
  • Ancestry collects a wide range of personal information, including genetic information.
  • Ancestry may share your personal information with third-party service providers and Ancestry Companies.
  • You have the right to request a report of the personal information provided to Ancestry.
  • You can download a copy of your DNA data and family trees.
  • Ancestry retains your personal information until you choose to delete it or close your account.
  • Ancestry uses administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect your personal information.
  • Your data may be transferred internationally, including to the United States.
  • Ancestry may use your personal information for marketing and advertising purposes.
  • Sensitive personal information may be collected depending on your use of the services.
  • You have the right to delete your personal information from Ancestry.
  • Ancestry does not voluntarily provide data to law enforcement without a valid legal process.
  • Ancestry does not share genetic information with third-party marketers, insurance companies, or employers without explicit consent.
  • Ancestry complies with the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework.
  • Ancestry may collect geolocation information from your device with your permission.
  • Ancestry allows you to manage privacy settings across its services.
  • You can opt out of targeted advertising.
  • Ancestry's use of cookies and similar technologies is outlined in their Cookie Policy.
  • Ancestry may infer sensitive information, such as sexual orientation, from the content you contribute.
  • Ancestry provides options to control how your information is shared with other users.
  • Ancestry may share de-identified genetic information with research partners with your consent.
  • You can appeal if your request to access or delete your data is denied.
  • Ancestry may update its Privacy Statement and will notify users of material changes.
  • Ancestry does not discriminate against you for exercising your privacy rights.

Things to watch out for

  • Ancestry collects a broad range of personal and genetic information, which could be shared with third parties for service provision and research purposes.
  • Your personal information may be used for marketing and advertising, although you have options to opt out.
  • Ancestry retains your information until you take action to delete it, so be proactive in managing your data.
  • International data transfers mean your information could be subject to different privacy laws.

AI recommendations

When using Ancestry's services, it's important to be aware of the extensive personal and genetic information you're providing. If privacy is a concern, regularly review your privacy settings and opt out of targeted advertising if desired. Before sharing sensitive information, consider the potential implications it may have on your privacy. Additionally, be proactive in managing your data by downloading reports and deleting information if you no longer wish to use the services. Keep an eye on updates to the Privacy Statement to stay informed about how your data is handled.


What personal information does Ancestry collect and how can it be used?

Ancestry collects a range of information including your name, email, genetic information, and more. This information can be used to provide services, for marketing, and shared with third-party service providers and research partners with your consent.

Can I control how my information is shared on Ancestry?

Yes, you have control over your personal information, including the ability to manage privacy settings, download your data, and delete your account.

Does Ancestry share my genetic information without my consent?

No, Ancestry does not share your genetic information with third-party marketers, insurance companies, or employers without your explicit consent.

(Last updated: 26th December, 2023)

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