Ancestry Privacy Policy

Read our summary of Ancestry's Privacy Policy.


  • Ancestry commits to responsible stewardship of your personal information.
  • You maintain control over your biological samples and DNA data.
  • Discoveries made using Ancestry services cannot be undone and may reveal unexpected facts about you or your family.
  • Ancestry follows principles of transparency, simplicity, and control regarding your data.
  • Ancestry collects a wide range of personal information, including sensitive genetic information.
  • Information about deceased people is not considered personal information under Ancestry's Privacy Statement.
  • Ancestry may share your personal information with other users or third parties under certain conditions.
  • 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.
  • You have the option to delete your family trees, test results, or account.
  • Ancestry retains personal information until you request its deletion or delete your account.
  • Ancestry may transfer personal information to countries with different data protection laws.
  • Ancestry uses cookies and similar technologies for various purposes, including advertising.
  • Ancestry provides a comprehensive security program to protect personal information.
  • Ancestry may modify the Privacy Statement, but will provide notice of material changes.
  • Ancestry is not a covered entity under HIPAA.
  • Ancestry may share de-identified genetic information with research partners with your consent.
  • Law enforcement requests for data must follow a valid legal process, but Ancestry will comply if required.
  • Ancestry does not voluntarily share information with law enforcement for crime investigation or to identify human remains.
  • Ancestry complies with international data transfer frameworks to protect personal information.

Things to watch out for

  • Ancestry collects detailed personal and genetic information which may be shared with other users or third parties under specific conditions.
  • Personal discoveries made through Ancestry services are irreversible and could have significant personal implications.
  • Ancestry may modify its Privacy Statement, and it's important to stay informed about these changes.
  • Your personal information may be transferred to countries with different data protection standards.

AI recommendations

When using Ancestry services, it's crucial to understand the scope of personal and genetic information you're sharing. Be mindful of the potential for unexpected personal discoveries that could impact you and your family. Regularly review Ancestry's Privacy Statement for updates, especially if you have concerns about data privacy and international data transfers. If privacy is a significant concern, consider carefully which services you use and what information you choose to share.


What personal information does Ancestry collect from me?

Ancestry collects a range of information, including your name, email, address, payment information, genetic information, and more, depending on your use of their services.

Can I control how my personal information is used and shared on Ancestry?

Yes, Ancestry provides control over your personal information, including options to request a report, download your data, and delete your account or family trees.

Will Ancestry share my genetic information with third parties?

Ancestry may share de-identified genetic information with research partners but only with your express consent. They do not share genetic information with third-party marketers, insurance companies, or employers without your explicit consent.

(Last updated: 26th December, 2023)

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