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LAST UPDATED ON OCTOBER 14, 2016At Ancestry, your privacy is a top priority. Ancestry is committed to always being a good steward of your Personal Information, handling it in a responsible manner, and securing it with industry standard administrative, technical, and physical safeguards. Ancestry follows three guiding principles when it comes to your privacy: 

	This Privacy Statement outlines the personal information 	 TRANSPARENCY. We work hard to be transparent about what Personal Information we collect and how weprocess.
 	 SIMPLICITY. We strive to use that informationeasy-to-understand language to providedescribe our privacy practices to help you with a personalized, relevant, user-friendly experience on, Ancestry Academy (located at,,,make informed choices.
 	 CONTROL. We give you control over the Ancestry mobile application and any other websites and mobile applications that link directly to this Privacy Statement (together, the "Websites"). This Privacy Statement appliesPersonal Information you provide to visitorsus, including your DNA Data, and new users registering on any of the Websites on or after October 14, 2016how it is used, shared, and to all users already registered or subscribing to any of the Websites on or after November 14, 2016. For the previous version of the Privacy Statement click here. retained.


	Ancestry's mission is to help everyone discover, preserve and share their family history. We accomplish this by using the resources available on our Websites and also through collaborating with our extensive number 	 You always maintain ownership of users around the world. This involves the collecting, processing, storingyour DNA and sharing of personalDNA Data--you can manage and non-personal information. We are committed to ensuring thatdelete it as described in this is done in a responsible, transparent and secure environment that fostersStatement.
 	 You may discover unanticipated facts about yourself or your trust and confidence. As part offamily when using our commitment to you,services. While we have developed this Privacy Statementstrive to describe how we gather and use the information we receive fromgive you on the Websites. Beforecontrol as you use the extensive databases of records and other services provided by the Websites (hereafter, the "Service(s)"), please review the information below to familiarize yourself with our policies. You should visit our Privacy Center to learn more about our approach on privacy. Services, once discoveries are made, we can't undo it.

	By using any of the Websites	When you consent to the collection, processing, use, storage, transfer and disclosure of personal information by Operations Inc. the company that owns and operates the Websites, either directly or through its subsidiaries (collectively, "Ancestry," "we," "us" or "our"), its group of affiliated companies ("Group Companies"), and contracted third parties and agents in accordance with this Privacy Statement. As a reminder, by registeringmake new discoveries with any of the Websitesus, you are becoming part of the "Ancestry Community" a collaborative resource in which the users of the Websitesshould feel confident and other websites, mobile applications and platforms owned or operated by Ancestry and its Group Companies (including such sites as,,,,, can communicate and exchange family history related information with each other. Please be aware that some sites may have some additional specific policies or different functionalityinformed about how we use your Personal Information. Our full Privacy Statement is below and we encourage you shouldto read and understand these before using the relevant 

	Ancestry has received TRUSTe's Privacy Seal signifying that this Privacy Statement, our practices, and our websites have been reviewed for compliance with the TRUSTe program viewable here or on the validation page available by clicking the TRUSTe seal. TRUSTe's program does not cover information that may be collected through our mobile applications or any downloadable software that may be available on our websites or from third party sites, which are covered by their own privacy statements, which you should review. TRUSTe's program only covers, Ancestry Academy,,, and the Ancestry mobile application and does not cover any other mobile applications or websites. If you have questions or complaints regarding our privacy statement or practices, please contact us via the information below. If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact TRUSTe here.	EFFECTIVE AS OF DECEMBER 14, 2017 

	Ancestry, its Group Companies and service providers in the US and elsewhere process and share the personal information of users from the European Economic Area subject to the standard model contract clauses approved by the European Commission. Ancestry also processes personal information of its Users who are resident outside of the European Economic Area ("Non-EU Data") on behalf of its Group Companies, and shares such Non-EU Data with its Group Companies and service providers in other countries in order to process such Non-EU Data on its behalf, subject to and in compliance with applicable laws and the standards set forth in this Privacy Statement.	1. INTRODUCTION 

	This	At Ancestry, we strive to enable journeys of self-discovery. As a result, we collect, process and store your Personal Information as you use our websites, mobile applications, and services (collectively the "Services"). Personal Information is information that can identify you, such as your name, email or street address, or it may be information that could reasonably be linked back to you, including your Genetic Information. This Privacy Statement should be read in conjunction withdescribes our practices for collecting, storing and processing your Personal Information and the Ancestry Termscontrols we provide you to manage it within our Services. In addition, we have a Cookie Policy that describes our use of browser cookies and Conditions.similar tracking technologies which is considered a part of this Privacy Statement. 

 		What personal information does Ancestry collect?

 		How does	This Privacy Statement describes the privacy practices of the Ancestry use personal information?websites and mobile apps that link to this Statement, including and 

 		Will Ancestry disclose personal information	If you reside in the United States, Operations Inc. and DNA, LLC are responsible for the use of your data and for responding to third parties?any requests related to your Personal Information. 

 		Managing	If you reside outside the United States, Ancestry Ireland Unlimited Company (located in Ireland) is your privacy settingsdata controller. 

 		How do you report, change or delete personal	Contact information about you or your family?for these entities is listed at the bottom of this Statement. 

 		6.	CONSENT 

 		What about non-personal information, anonymized information, automatically-generated information, mobile data, "cookies"	To create an account to access our Services, you must agree to the Ancestry Terms and social media features?Conditions and this Privacy Statement by clicking "Continue" on the account creation page. By clicking "Continue," you are telling us that you consent to Ancestry collecting, processing, and sharing your Personal Information (including your Genetic Information if you have taken the AncestryDNA test) as described in this Privacy Statement and in any other documents referenced in this Privacy Statement. At any time, you can delete information you have uploaded into your account, such as family tree information or your Genetic Information. If you no longer wish to have an Ancestry account, please contact us here and we will help you close your account and delete your Personal Information from your account, as described in SECTION 7 below. 

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 		Contests, surveys,	We may modify this Privacy Statement at any time, but we will provide prominent advance notice of any material changes to this Statement, such as posting a notice on our websites or sending you an email, to provide you the opportunity to review the changes and promotionschoose whether to continue using the Services. 

 		Changes, updates and	We will also notify you of non-material changes to this Statement as of their effective date by posting a notice on our websites or sending you an email. Your continued use of our Services after notice of non-material changes means that you consent to the updated Privacy Statement. 

 		11.	If you object to any changes, you may delete your account by contacting us here. 
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	1. WHAT PERSONAL	ACCOUNT INFORMATION DOES ANCESTRY COLLECT FROM OR ABOUT YOU?includes your name, email address, and a password that you provide us when you create an Ancestry account, and your phone number that we may collect to notify you of DNA test result status, or when you contact Ancestry Member Services by phone. 

	We collect information we believe is necessary for our legitimate business interests. Here are some examples of the type of personal information we request,	CREDIT CARD/PAYMENT INFORMATION: We collect payment information, such as your credit card number, and your billing and shipping address(es), when you purchase an Ancestry subscription or you provide:a DNA test kit. 

	I) NAME, CONTACT INFORMATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS: Users may access some of the areas of the Websites without providing any personal information to Ancestry or its Group Companies. To gain access to certain parts of the Websites, it will be necessary to create	DNA KIT ACTIVATION INFORMATION: When you activate a registered user account by providingDNA test kit, we collect your name, email address, and a password. To gain full access to the paid members-only areas (including through a free trial), Ancestry also asks forDNA test kit code, your postal addresssex and payment details (such as a credit or debit card number) to facilitate payment and fulfillment for any subscription or purchases you may choose to make through the Websites. The amountyear of other personal information you decide to submit to Ancestry or its Group Companies is up to you but understand that your experience of the Websites may suffer, and certain of the Websites and Services or their features may be inaccessible or ineffective, if you choose to provide no additional information.birth. 

	II) YOUR BACKGROUND, INTERESTS, AND ACTIVITY ON THE WEBSITES: As	PROFILE INFORMATION: We collect the information that you provide when you voluntarily create a User, you can choose to share certain information about yourself, such as your age, gender, background and interests with other Users, such as in your user profile. The amount and type ofThis information you share in this way is entirely your choice. Information about somemay be seen by other users of your activity on the Website, such as historical recordsServices. If you save ordo not enhance your Ancestry Academy courses you've taken, may also be shared with others in orderprofile to help you connect with others performing similar research. The information that you input about yourself on the Websites may result in the creation ofinclude personal details (for example, a profile about you. You have some control overimage, your profile, such as whethername, age, location, etc.), only your username will be visible to other users on the Ancestry Network can search for or contact you, on your Account page. See Managing your privacy settings below for more information on how you can edit or control what you allow other Users to see about you and your activity on the Websites.members. 

	III) YOUR FAMILY AND OTHERS: You may also post personal	USER PROVIDED CONTENT: We collect the information voluntarily provided by you when you populate your family tree, including stories, images, and any details about yourself and othersliving individuals you list in the course of doing research on our Websites, e.g., adding a photo, adding informationyour family tree. Information about a historical person, creating family trees, or sharing a photo with another User through our Services. You must obtain the consent from the livingdeceased persons about whom you want to post personal information on the Websites, or, if the person is not Personal Information under the age of 18, the consent of their parent or guardian. Similarly, others may post personal information about you in the course of conducting research on our Websites or elsewhere on the websites of our Group Companies.this Statement. 

	Please note: Ancestry also publishes records on its Websites that it has obtained	GENETIC INFORMATION: We extract your DNA from many sources, with appropriate consents and permissions where relevant. Some of these records may contain personal information that relates to living individuals, which may includeyour saliva at our partner laboratory when you orsubmit it in the tube provided with your family members, usually from public record sources. Ancestry and its affiliates and agents take reasonable stepsAncestryDNA test kit. We convert your DNA into machine-readable code ("DNA Data"), which is then used to assure that the documents do not include sensitive, personalprovide you an ethnicity estimate as well as other information about living individuals. See our Privacy Center for more For clarity, the Genetic Information we collect consists of: 

 	 Information derived from your DNA Data. This includes your ethnicity estimate, your connection to genetic relatives in our database, and any comments on the Websitesgenetic markers associated with physical traits, such as hair color or participate in community discussions, chats, communicationstraits associated with usyour health and wellness. A 'genetic marker' is basically a DNA sequence or between you and other Users, in disputes and while communicating with member services, Ancestry will capturesequences that information. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas can be read, collected, and used by others who access them. may identify a certain trait.

	V) THIRD-PARTY DATA: We may also receive information about you from third parties. For example, we may supplement	A NOTE ABOUT YOUR DNA AND SALIVA: Once our laboratory partner has produced your DNA Data, the data we collect with demographic information from third parties. We may use such data to enhance, improve,DNA and customizesaliva (also referred to as "biological samples") are stored so that they can be available for future testing. Such future testing may be done under our products and Services,Informed Consent to Research or for any other purpose described in this Agreement.otherwise if you consent. Section 7 below describes how you can control both your DNA Data and your biological samples. 

	VI) SOCIAL NETWORK SERVICES: You also may be able to link an account from a social networking service (e.g., Facebook) to your account on our Websites. This will allow	SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: If you to use your credentials from the other site or serviceFacebook to sign in to certain of our Websites or register for anlog into Ancestry account. For example, you can log in to using Facebook Connect. As another example, if you use our mobile applications,services, we may ask you to connect tocollect information from your Facebook account - ifprofile that you agreeconsent to do so, we will display, share or otherwise use information received from Facebook pursuantprovide to Facebook's Platform Policy. We may also use similar offerings from other social networks or Internet services to allow you to access the Websites and Services after having authenticatedus (for example your credentials through them.Facebook profile information). 

	VII) MINORS: Our Websites and Services are intended for adults. Ancestry relies upon parents or guardians 18 years of age or older to determine if the Websites and Services are appropriate for use by individuals under the age of 18. When a minor uses the Websites, the parent or guardian of that minor will be held responsible for the minor's actions and are deemed to have consented to the use of the minor's information by Ancestry. Use of the Websites by children under the age of 13 is prohibited.	ADDITIONAL USER INFORMATION: We do not knowingly seek or collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If Ancestry becomes aware that we have unknowingly collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete such information from our databases. Persons under the age of 18 may request removal of information or content that they have posted peryou provide to us when you answer email surveys and online questionnaires offered through the procedures described in Section 5 below.Services. 

	2. HOW DOES ANCESTRY USE PERSONAL INFORMATION?	YOUR COMMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: We collect information in any comments you voluntarily post on our Services. We also collect information you provide when you participate in community discussions, chats, or when you communicate with other members using Ancestry's messaging platform. Any information you provide in these areas can be read, collected, and used by other participants in these communications. We also collect information you provide in communications with Ancestry Member Services. 

	Any personal information you provide us or that we otherwise collect is transferred to, stored and processed in the United States or in other countries where we, our Group Companies, or service providers maintain facilities.	CONTESTS AND PROMOTIONS: We take measures to ensure adequate safeguards for personal information and that your personal information is stored and processed in compliance with this Privacy Statement and applicable laws. By allowing us to collect personal information,Personal Information when you specifically consent to such transfer, storage,voluntarily participate in contests and processing of that personal information. Please be aware that any personal information you elect to put onspecial promotions we run through our Websites may be made available elsewhere within the Ancestry Community and may be visible to both registered and non-registered Users of the Websites, subject to your rights to control or remove certain information, as provided below.Services. 

	Subject to the restrictions described in this Privacy Statement and applicable law, we may use personal information for any reasonable purpose related to Ancestry's businesses and the Group Companies' businesses, including to communicate with you, to provide you information about Ancestry's and the Group Companies' products and services, to respond to your requests, to update our product offerings, to improve the content and User experience on the Websites, to help you and others discover more about your family histories, to let you know about offers of interest from Ancestry or our Group Companies, and to prepare and perform demographic, benchmarking, advertising, marketing, and promotional studies. In particular we may use personal information as follows:	3. INFORMATION WE COLLECT THROUGH USE OF THE SERVICES 

	I) TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES:	COMPUTER AND MOBILE DEVICE INFORMATION: We primarily use personalcollect information to provideabout how you with relevant information such as appropriate search results and instructional materials, to provideaccess our Services, including the website you with information about content releases and product updates,visited prior to help you and others discover more aboutlanding on Ancestry's site. We also automatically receive the Internet protocol ("IP") address of your family histories, to provide informational updatescomputer, mobile device, or the proxy server that you have requested through the Websites, or to address customer service needs and requests. Ancestry may also use personal information to let you know about new features, other Users' activity onaccess the Websites, orInternet, in addition to other offers of interest from Ancestry. We also use personal data to fulfill the purposes for which you have provided the personaltechnical information, such as processing your subscription. See Managing your privacy settings below to learn how you can opt out or change your 

	II) VERIFICATION: We will use personal information 	 Your computer operating system,
 	 Your web browser,
 	 The web page you visit immediately prior to verifyand upon leaving Ancestry websites,
 	 Your mobile device identifier provided by your identity so that you can carry out transactions through the Websites, such as changingmobile device operating system and your account information, retrieving a forgotten usernamemobile operating system, and
 	 The name of your internet service provider or password, or completing financial transactions relating to payments you make online. mobile carrier.

	III) FOR INTERNAL BUSINESS PURPOSES: In order to improve the Websites	INFORMATION FROM COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES: We use cookies and the Services (orsimilar technologies as described in our Cookie Policy. Please refer to develop new products and services), we may use personal information for internal data analysis, studying howthat policy to learn about our Websites are used, identifying usage trendspractices and determining the effectiveness of promotional campaigns.controls we provide you. 

	IV) TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU: Ancestry may communicate	INFORMATION SHARED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA FEATURES: If you interact with yousocial media functionality available in the Services, for the purpose of informing you of issues with your membershipexample "Like," "Tweet," "Pin," or changes"Follow Us" links to sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, Ancestry or of any Ancestry-related productswill collect these interactions and services. Our communicationswhatever account information these services make available to us. Your interactions with you will generally be via email, but may be made via telephone, direct mail,these features are governed by posting on our Websites, or other methods of communication. You may also receive promotional offers from Ancestry or other third parties trusted by Ancestry. If you do not want to receive promotional emails, you may opt out at any time by using the unsubscribe link listed in the email or see Managing your privacy settings below to learn how you can opt out or change your settings. If you have registered for more than onestatement of the Websites, you may have to opt out or unsubscribe on each Website separately. For example, if you are registered on and, you will need to opt out on both sites separately. If you wish to opt out of other methods of communication, please contact us by the contact information below.applicable social network company. 

	V) TO DISTRIBUTE ADVERTISEMENTS: Ancestry strives to show you relevant advertisements. To that end, we use the information you provide to us, aggregated demographic information (such as women between the ages of 45-60), anonymized data compared to and supplemented by data from third parties, or the placement of cookies and other tracking technologies (as discussed in more detail below). In these ways, Ancestry can display relevant ads to appropriate users either on our Websites, other Ancestry Community sites, or on third party websites. We do not provide advertisers with access to your individual account information. Ancestry does not sell, rent or otherwise distribute the personal information you provide us to these advertisers unless you have separately given us your consent to do so.	INFORMATION FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES: 

	VI) TO SHOWCASE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: We may sometimes wish to highlight our Users' contributions to the Websites and may include	We collect data about your contribution in a highlighted section of oneuse of the Websites. When we do so, we will attribute your contribution and provide a linkServices, such as when you search or access records or public family trees, which pages you view or links you click on, or when you add people to your profile on the appropriate Website.tree, etc. 


	Ancestry will not disclose any personal information to third parties except	INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC AND HISTORICAL RECORDS: Ancestry collects records from various sources, usually from official record sources, including newspapers, as described below. Third parties actingwell as our agents who receive personal information from us have committedbirth, death, and marriage records, which may contain Personal Information relating to confidentiality obligations thatyou. These records are consistent with this Privacy Statement and applicable laws.generally part of Ancestry's subscription Services. 

	I) TO GROUP COMPANIES:	INFORMATION FROM THIRD PARTIES: We may share personalalso receive information about you from third parties. For example, we may supplement the data we collect with our Group Companies so that they may use personaldemographic information for the purposes describedlicensed from third parties in this Privacy Statement,order to providepersonalize the additional services of those Group Companies,Services and for the purposes of connecting you to users of the other websites operated by the Group Companies. Ancestry is responsible for the management of the jointly-used personal information. The Group Companies are subject to this Privacy Statement or similar privacy statements. Additionally, as our business continuesoffers to grow and change,you. If you purchase a gift subscription, we might restructure, buy, or sell subsidiaries or business units. In these transactions, customer information is often one of the transferred assets, remaining subjectwill collect Personal Information to promises made in then prevailing privacy statements, and, accordingly, we may transfer personal information in connection with such transactions. Also, incomplete the event that Ancestry, or substantially all of its assets or stock are acquired, transferred, disposed of (in whole or partgift and including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings), personal information will as a matter of course be one ofnotify the transferred assets.recipient. 

	II) OTHER USERS: On some of the Websites, you can give others permission to view and edit personal information about you. The choice to share your information is at your sole discretion. For example, on you can choose to invite family or other members of the Ancestry Community to view and edit your family tree. Please click here for more information.	5. USES OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION 

	III) SERVICE PROVIDERS: Under the protection of appropriate agreements that require adherence to confidentiality obligations consistent with this Privacy Statement, we may disclose personal information to service providers we	We use your Personal Information to perform various tasks for us including for the purposes of data storage, consolidation, retrieval, analysis, or other processing, as well as effective management of customer informationprovide, personalize, understand, improve, update and to help us communicate with you. For example, we use vendors to process payments from you and to help manageexpand our Websites and relationships with you. These third parties include affiliated and unaffiliated service providers in the United States, Europe and in other jurisdictions.Services. This includes using your information for: 

	IV) THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISING PARTNERS: We may use third-parties 	 Authenticating your access to display or serve advertisements on our behalf on our Websites or elsewhere on the internet. These third parties may set their own cookies, pixel tags, or similar technologies on our Websites to collectServices and improving Ancestry information about Users' online activities over timesecurity;
 	 Processing your payments for subscriptions, AncestryDNA services and across different websitestest kits, and applicationsother premium products and features;
 	 Building new and improving existing products and Services;
 	 Helping you create, and providing insights about, your family trees based on data in orderAncestry's databases;
 	 Issuing surveys and questionnaires to make our ads more relevant to you. collect Additional User Information for use in the Services, as well as facilitating product development and research initiatives;

	V) SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICES: We have worked	 Communicating with certain third-party social media providers to offer you their social networking services through our Services. For example, you can log in toabout the site using Facebook. Click here to read more. In addition, if you use our mobile applications, we may ask you to connect to your Facebook account - if you agree to do so, we may display and share your Facebook information pursuant to Facebook's Platform Policy. These social networking services may collect, process, and retain information about you, in accordance with applicable law and their own terms of service and/or privacy policies. If you choose to access or make use of third-party social networking services, we may receive information about you that you have made available to those social networking services, including information about your contacts on those social networking services.Services, such as when we: 

	Please note: If 	 Respond to your inquiries to Member Services;
 	 Alert you click away fromto potential relatives identified by DNA matching, or through our Websitesfamily history services (for example, "Hints" about potential ancestors in our database);
 	 Alert you to visit the site of any third party advertiser, sponsor, social media network,records pertaining to people in your family tree or other third party site,to whom you may be asked for your personal information for userelated;
 	 Inform you of the socialproduct changes or new products and services;
 	 Ask you to participate in Ancestry media network,productions or payment card or other personaltestimonials; and,
 	 Provide you information or request action in orderresponse to purchase or use the productstechnical, security, and services that those third parties offer, as applicable. These companies have their own privacy and data collection practices. We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. You should therefore review their privacy notices carefully regarding how your information may be used. other operational issues;

	VI) IN THESE ADDITIONAL SCENARIOS: Ancestry may disclose personal information to third parties in these additional scenarios: (a) with your knowledge  	 Marketing new products and consent; (b) as reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, valid legal process (e.g. subpoenasoffers from us or warrants served on us) or governmental or regulatory request; (c) as necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, safety, confidentiality, or reputation of Ancestry, its Group Companies, or other Users (including outside your country of residence); (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e)business partners. This includes advertising personalized to prevent fraud or cybercrime; (f) to permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; or (g) as necessary or appropriate to otherwise address unlawful or harmful activity. If we are going to release your personal information to law enforcement,interests. You can control how we will do our bestmarket to provide you with noticeby using the unsubscribe link in advanceany email you receive, by email, unless we are prohibitedchanging your account preferences, or by law from doing so. In addition, we reservefollowing the right to withhold advance notice where it would impede an investigation of identity theft, orinstructions in situations involving imminent physical harmany other marketing communications you may receive;
 	 Conducting scientific, statistical, and historical research; and
 	 Detecting and protecting against error, fraud, or harm to minors. other criminal or malicious activity and enforcing our Terms and Conditions.

	4. MANAGING YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS	Ancestry uses your Genetic Information for the following primary purposes: 

	If 	 Delivering ethnicity results, DNA matches (e.g., close relatives or distant cousins) from our database, and other information to help you learn more about yourself, your relatives and genetic family groups;
 	 Connecting you have registered with the Websites, you can control howyour relatives in our database through features such as DNA matching, or other product features;
 	 Providing you share some personal information by changingother insights into what your privacy settingsDNA reveals about traits, personal health and wellness; we may also invite you to participate in the following areas (this is foundsurveys and questionnaires (entirely optional) based on your account or settings section on theDNA data.
 	 Providing relevant Websites): results to assist you in discovering common ancestors and other details about your family history, as well as helping you connect with friends and family;

	To manage your privacy settings on, Ancestry Academy, the Ancestry mobile application,	 Studying aggregated Genetic Information to better understand population and ethnicity-related health, wellness, aging, or any other mobile applications, please click here. Also, to learn how to manage the privacy settings for any family trees you have created on, please click here.physical conditions; 

	To manage your privacy settings on, please click here.  	 Conducting scientific, statistical, and historical research; and,

	To manage your privacy settings on, please click here.   	 Improving features and functionality in our existing DNA-related products, enhancing the customer experience across Ancestry products, improving the quality of our laboratory processes and technology, and building new products and services, including services related to personal health and wellness.

	To manage your privacy settings for other Websites, please visit the account section	We will seek additional consent from you before we collect and process sensitive Personal Information (for example, health history) as part of a website or the settings section on our mobile applications. If you have any questions about how to manage your privacy settings for any Websites, please contact us byinteraction with the information below.Services. 


	Ancestry does not share your individual Personal Information (including your Genetic Information) with third-parties without your additional consent other than as described in this Privacy Statement. In particular, we will maintain procedures consistentnot share your Genetic Information with applicable law for individuals to gain access to personal information collected from them and, when requiredinsurance companies, employers, or appropriate, correct or delete the personal information they provided as furtherthird-party marketers without your express consent. The circumstances described below:below explain when sharing might occur: 

	I) REMOVAL OF PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC RECORDS. You should be aware that personal 	 OTHER ANCESTRY MEMBERS: Any information mayyou add to your Ancestry profile will be publicly available through public record sources suchseen by other Ancestry members, as census records or birth, marriage and death records. Unfortunately we arewill public family tree details (we do not able to change the informationshow living people in public records published on our Websitesyour tree to other users without your permission), and DNA matches (when you needchoose to contact the entity responsible for such records.see and be seen by your DNA matches).
 	 SERVICE PROVIDERS: We use the services of other companies to help us provide the Services to you. As a result, these partner companies will however consider requests for removalhave some of personalyour information fromin their systems. Our partners act only at the searchable indexesdirection of Ancestry, and are subject to contractual obligations governing data security and confidentiality consistent with this Privacy Statement and applicable laws. These partners include our laboratory partners, DNA test shipping providers, credit card processors, cloud services infrastructure providers, biological sample storage facilities, and vendors that assist us in marketing, analytics, fraud prevention, and Member Support.
 	 RESEARCH PARTNERS: We share your Genetic Information with research partners only when you provide us with your express consent to do so through our Informed Consent to Research. By agreeing to the records we hold onInformed Consent to Research you agree to the specified uses described in that document. Research partners may include commercial or non-profit organizations that conduct or support scientific research or conduct or support the development of therapeutics, medical devices or related material to treat, diagnose or predict health conditions. In some circumstances, a case-by-case basis. research partner or Ancestry may have a financial interest in the research arrangement. A list of our research partners can be found here.

	II) DELETING	 FOR LEGAL OR AMENDING YOUR PROFILE AND OTHER INFORMATION YOU'VE CONTRIBUTED TO THE WEBSITES, ADDED OR SAVED TO YOUR ACCOUNT. Users of the WebsitesREGULATORY PROCESS: We may update, correct or delete their User profiles online. Requests to delete personal information that you have provided as part ofshare your User profile or subscription or from our blog or community forum should be submitted at and should include a request to remove the information, the exact wording of the information asPersonal Information if we believe it appears on the Websites, and the URL where that information is found.reasonably necessary to: 

	You may also edit 	 Comply with valid legal process (e.g., subpoenas, warrants);
 	 Enforce or delete personal information that you have previously submitted onapply the Websites as User Provided Content (as defined in ourAncestry Terms and Conditions) (such as, for example, family trees that you have createdConditions;
 	 Protect the security or uploaded) through the applicable featuresintegrity of the Services; please see our Privacy Center for further instructions. However, please note that where you delete User Provided Content copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent any such copy has been shared with others, was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or was copied or stored by other Users or other members of
 	 Protect the Ancestry Community. Additionally, we may retain certain information (whether submitted as part of your User profilerights, property, or subscription or otherwise as User Provided Content) to prevent identity theft and other misconduct, fraud or illegal activity; in response to a legal request (such as, for example, a search warrant, court order, or subpoena); if we otherwise have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so; if we have reason to believe there has been a violationsafety, of Ancestry, our Terms and Conditions; or otherwise prevent harm; in each case, even if deletion has been requested. However, such information shall not be available to others via the Websites except as otherwise provided under this Privacy Statementemployees or as required under applicable laws. users.

	If we are compelled to disclose your Personal Information to law enforcement, we will do our best to provide you disconnect a third party application or websitewith advance notice, unless we are prohibited under the law from doing so. In the interest of transparency, Ancestry produces a Transparency Report where we list the number of valid law enforcement requests for user data across all our Websites,sites.  	 IF ANCESTRY IS ACQUIRED: In the event that Ancestry or its businesses are acquired or transferred to another entity (in whole or part and including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings), we will no longer provide themshare your Personal Information with accessthat entity. The promises in this Privacy Statement will apply to your User profile(s) or subscription information through our platform. Personal Information as transferred to the new entity.

	III) THIRD PARTY CONTENT.	A NOTE ABOUT AGGREGATED DATA: Ancestry also permits its Users to post comments, upload documents, annotate historical records and to contribute othermay disclose user information throughin an aggregated form as part of the Services. AlthoughServices or our Terms and Conditions prohibit Users from posting content that violatesmarketing, or in scientific publications published by us or our research partners. For example, we might note the privacy rightspercentage of others, Ancestry and its Group Companies disclaim any responsibility for User Provided Content. It is possibleimmigrants in a State that another User will save, post,are from a particular geographic region or re-post information about Such publications will never include Personal Information. 

	IV) BACKUP COPIES. Removed and deleted information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable time for our internal business purposes but will not be available to you or other Users.	7. YOUR CHOICES AND ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION 

	V) CONCERNS? If you have concerns or issues about any personal information that is contained on	PRIVACY SETTINGS: You can access and update the Websites, including ifPersonal Information you believe that a document published byprovide to Ancestry violatesat any time, such as your privacy rights, that a User has posted personal information about you that violates your rights, or an unauthorizedemail address, username, profile of you has been created, please contact us viainformation, etc. in the information belowProfile, Account Options, Site Preferences, Email Preferences, Test Settings, and we will attempt to resolve the matter quickly. For your protection, we will only implement such requests with respect to the personal information associated with the particular email address that you use to send us your request, and we may need to verify your identity before considering your request.My Alerts sections. 

	6. SECURITY	Also, to learn how to manage the privacy settings for any family trees you have created on Ancestry, please click here. 

	Ancestry places great importance on the security of personal information. We have security measures in placestrives to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, modification, or disclosure of User data under our control. Our security and privacy practices are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary. For example, we restrict access to personal information to authorized personnel. We use secure server software to encrypt financial informationmake it simple for you input before it is sent to us. In addition, we use encryption when transmitting geo-location data onmanage your mobile device, as well as other administrative, technical, and physical controls to prevent against loss, misuse, or unauthorized alterationprivacy within the context of your data; however, we cannot guarantee and we do not warrant that loss, misuse, or alteration of data will not occur, and we are not responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure ofServices. You can manage your information. Information security is a shared responsibility: it is importantprivacy settings for you to guard against unauthorized access to your passwords andour related brands by clicking on the unauthorized use of your computer.following links: 


	I) NON-PERSONAL, ANONYMIZED, AND AUTOMATICALLY-GENERATED INFORMATION. When you visit our Websites, we may collect information from or about you that does not personally identify you ("Non-Personal Information"). This includes demographic data, year of birth or age groups, geographic areas, and gender. This also includes computer-generated data that we automatically collect, such as the website from which you have come	Access to our Websites, your Media Access Control address, your computer type, screen resolution, operating system version and Internet browser, as well as information based on your interaction with the Websites,settings is also contained within Ancestry's mobile applications, such as web log information, page views, and IP addresses on an anonymized basis. We use your IP address, your device type, your website interactions, and other Non-Personal Information to deliver the Websites and our Services to you and to help diagnose problems with our servers. This technology helps us to, for example, compile aggregated statistics about our Users and their use of the Websites. We use these statistics to improve the design and content of the Websites, to prepare and deliver our marketing programs, and for research and other purposes. We may also collectAncestry, AncestryDNA or create anonymized information, which is information that has been stripped of information that traditionally permits identification of specific individuals, such as names and full dates of birth, and/or that has been aggregated in a manner so that you and other Users are not personally identified. Non-Personal Information may also include data that is aggregated or otherwise de-identified from personal information that we have collected from you. Because Non-Personal Information and anonymized information do not personally identify you, we may use either or both for any purpose, including sharing that information with our Group Companies and with other third parties. In some instances, we may combine Non-Personal Information with personal information; however, if we do combine any Non-Personal Information with personal information, the combined information will be treated by us as personal information, as long as it is combined, and its use by us will be subject to the terms applicable to personal information under this Privacy Statement."We're Related" apps. 

	II) MOBILE DATA. If	If you access the Websites using a mobile device ( not want us to use data about your phoneinterests or tablet), we may collect mobile device identifiers such as the device type, IP address and the operating system. We use mobile analytics softwarebehaviors to allow us to deliverserve you the Websites and the Services and better understand the functionality of our Websites and Services. For example, iftargeted ads, you are accessing the Ancestry mobile application, this software may record information such as how often you use the application, the events that occur within the application, aggregated usage, performance data, and from where the application was downloaded. We may link the information we store within the analytics software to any personally identifiable information you submit within the mobile app for internal purposes or to communicate with you. Our Websites may also collect other information fromchange your mobile device, suchsettings as your geographic location, with your permission. For example, if you use your mobile device to take a photo through the Ancestry mobile application, we will ask if you wish to include your location. If you agree to this request, we will add your location to the photo. We will also occasionally send you push notifications to provide you information aboutdescribed in our services. You may opt-out of these notifications through the settings on your mobile device.Cookie Policy. 

	III) COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES. We (either ourselves or our appointed third parties) may use cookies, beacons, tags, scripts or other similar technologies	FAMILY TREE INFORMATION DOWNLOAD: Ancestry allows you to optimize and customize the Websites anddownload your experience. These technologies record limitedfamily tree information your computer sends us when you visit our Websites, such as IP addresses. In addition, these technologies may include de-identified demographic or other data linked to personal information that you voluntarily submit to us (e.g., your email address), that are shared solely in hashed, non-human readable form. Cookies enable our server to recognize or "remember" who you are each time you return. Ancestry may make limited use of cookies to deliver content and advertisements specific tothe standard GEDCOM family tree file format in your interests and to measure advertising effectiveness for Ancestry and other organizations. For instance, they may be used to retain your personal preferences, hold session information for a "shopping basket," or save your password so it doesn't have to be re-entered each time you login. These technologies may also be used to see how you move around and interact with the Websites or to show you relevant ads either on or off the Websites.Family Tree Settings. 

	You can erase or block cookies from your computer if you want	GENETIC INFORMATION DOWNLOAD: Your DNA Data belongs to (your help screen or manual should tell you how to do this), but certain Services or portionsyou. You always have the option of the Websites may not work correctly or at all if you setdownloading a file with your browser not to accept cookies. To learn more about Ancestry's use of cookies and other tracking technologies please visit our Privacy Center locatedDNA Data. Learn how here. To learnFor more about cookiesinformation on what is included in general, please visit DNA Data download, go here. 

	We and third parties with whom we partner to provide features on certain Websites use Local Storage (LS) such	DELETION: You can delete your Personal Information from Ancestry in a number of ways through the settings linked above. If you require assistance deleting Personal Information you provided as HTML5 to collectpart of your profile or subscription or from our blog or community forum, please submit a detailed deletion request (including the exact wording of the information as it appears on the websites, and store content information, preferences,the URL where that information is found) to our Member Services team. Please note however, if you have shared information through the Services (for example, by making your family trees public, or data aboutby sharing your useDNA Results directly with other users), Ancestry will not be able to remove any copies of our Websites. Various browsersinformation that other Ancestry members may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5.have retained. 

	Please note that	Additionally, Ancestry allows third-party advertisersmay hold records that contain your Personal Information that we are presenting advertisements for usobligated to set and access their cookies or pixel tagsmaintain as archives. Please direct any request to remove information from linked archival records to the responsible archival entity. We will consider requests for removal of Personal Information from the searchable indexes of the records we hold on a case-by-case basis and will endeavor to fully respect your computer or otherwise use Non-Personalrequests to remove Personal Information. The advertisers' useAdditionally, some of cookies and pixel tags is subject to their own privacy policies, not this Privacy Statement.your Personal Information may be included in other Ancestry members' family trees, which will only be removed if the other Ancestry member deletes it. 

	IV) SOCIAL MEDIA FEATURES. Our Websites may include social media features, such as the Facebook "Like" button and widgets, such as the "Share this" button or interactive mini-programs	DELETION OF GENETIC INFORMATION: If you request that run on our site. These features may collectAncestry delete your IP address, record which pageDNA Data, we will delete all Genetic Information, including any derivative Genetic Information (ethnicity estimates, genetic relative matches, etc.) from our production, development, analytics, and research systems within 30 days. To REQUEST THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUR BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES, YOU MUST CONTACT MEMBER SERVICES. PLEASE NOTE that if you are visiting onhave agreed to our site, or set a cookieInformed Consent to enable the featureResearch, we will not be able to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third partyremove your Genetic Information from active or hosted directly on our Websites. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy statement of the companies providing each such feature.completed research projects, but we will not use it for any new research projects. 

	8. ABOUT OUR ADVERTISEMENTS	GENERALLY: All Ancestry data, including Personal Information, will persist in our backup systems after it has been deleted from our production, development, analytics, and research systems for up to 6 months before it is overwritten. Also, our laboratory partners may retain information they receive from us in order to comply with laws or regulations that may require them to do so, such as the Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments regulations administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ancestry may also retain certain information for tax and payment industry regulatory compliance purposes. 

	Ancestry strives to show you relevant advertisements both on our Websites and elsewhere on the Internet. Ancestry uses some third parties to show you Ancestry-related advertisements that are tailored to you based upon your interests or online behaviors. Any such targeted ads placed on our behalf will contain information on or near them that informs you about the third party delivering you the ads and how to opt-out of receiving such ads in the future. If you wish to not have your information used by our third party partners for the purpose of serving you targeted ads, you may manage your choices here. Also, visit our Privacy Center here if you want to learn more about targeted advertising or how to opt out of targeted ads from other advertisers, such as Facebook.	8. SECURITY 

	Please note that opting out	Ancestry maintains a comprehensive information security program designed to protect our customers' Personal Information using administrative, physical, and technical safeguards based on the sensitivity of targeted advertising will not opt you outthe Personal Information collected. We have measures in place to protect against inappropriate access, loss, misuse, or alteration of being served non-targeted advertising. Because occasionallyPersonal Information (including Genetic Information) under our control. Ancestry's Security Team regularly reviews our security and privacy practices and enhances them as necessary to help ensure the Websites may be partially advertiser supported, you may not "turn off" the advertising that appears on the Website pages. You will continueintegrity of our systems and your Personal Information. We use secure server software to receive generic adsencrypt Personal Information (including Genetic Information), and we only partner with security companies that may not be as relevantmeet and commit to you. Also, please noteour security standards. While we cannot guarantee that if you delete, blockloss, misuse or otherwise restrict cookies, or if youalteration of data will not occur, we use a different computer or Internet browser,reasonable efforts to prevent this. It is also important for you may need to renewguard against unauthorized access to your opt-out choice.Personal Information by maintaining strong passwords and protecting against the unauthorized use of your own computer or device. 


	We may occasionally run contests, surveys, or other special promotions on our Websites in which we ask Users for personal information (like an email address or name) or demographic information (like a zip code, age, or income level). We use this data to run the contests or promotions	Any transfer of your Personal and send users promotional material about ourGenetic Information, between Ancestry's U.S.-based company or third parties we deal with. Participationfor processing in these surveysIreland or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The participant's contact information is also used to contact him or her when necessary and may be shared with other companiesAncestry's Ireland-based company for promotional purposes, but only with your prior permission and under the terms and conditions specified when you take partprocessing in the promotion. At any time, you may opt-out of receiving future mailings of this kind by following the unsubscribe instructions in each promotional communication, or simply declineUnited States, is conducted pursuant to take part in the promotions.established transfer mechanisms such as Standard Contractual Clauses. 


	We are committedseek to complying withresolve all applicable laws and regulations governing the collection andprivacy matters reported to us. However, if you have an unresolved privacy or data use of personal information. From time to time, Ancestry will review its personal information collection, use, and disclosure practices in order to assureconcern that we are complying with our Privacy Statement and all applicable laws and regulations. If we decide to materially change our Privacy Statement, we will issue an updated version of this Statement with an updated date legend and/or notify you via email, via the Websites or by other appropriate means prior to the change becoming effective. You should review this Privacy Statement regularly to ensure you are familiar with any changes to it. If you dohave not consent to any changes to our Privacy Statement, YOU MUST STOP USING THE WEBSITES AND THE SERVICES AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF SUCH CHANGES, andaddressed satisfactorily, you should notify us here so we can discontinue your account.also contact our U.S.-based third-party dispute resolution provider (free of charge) here. 

	11. DO NOT TRACK DISCLOSURES	Users outside of the United States may contact the Irish Data Protection Commission, or your local Data Protection Authority. 

	Some web browsers may transmit "do-not-track" signals to the websites with which the user communicates. Because of differences in how web browsers incorporate and activate this feature, it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted, or whether they are aware of them. Because there currently is no industry standard concerning what, if anything, websites should do when they receive such signals, we currently do not take action in response to these signals.	CALIFORNIA'S SHINE THE LIGHT LAW 

	12. CONTACTING US ABOUT PRIVACY / YOUR INFORMATION RIGHTS	California Civil Code Section 1798.83, known as the "Shine the Light" law, permits Users who are California residents to request and obtain from us a list of what Personal Information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for their direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year and the names and addresses of those third parties. Requests may be made only once a year and are free of charge. Under Section 1798.83, Ancestry currently does not share any Personal Information with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes. 

	If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, Ancestry's privacy practices, your dealings with the Websites, or any disclosure of personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes, or if you wish to request access to and receive information about the personal information we have received from and share about you (noting that your rights to access personal information may be limited in some circumstances), update and correct inaccuracies in the personal information we have about you, have the information blocked or deleted, as appropriate, or oppose (in case of legitimate reasons) the processing carried out with respect to personal information, you can contact us via the information below. We will respond to all access requests within 30 days.	DO-NOT-TRACK DISCLOSURE 

	For or any of	Ancestry notes that although we do our mobile applications, please call (800) 262-3787 or send us a messagebest to honor your privacy preferences, and have implemented industry standard safeguards as described above, we do not respond to Do-Not-Track signals from your browser at Ifthis time due to the lack of an established industry standard. Ancestry uses advertising technology to show you would likeadvertising relevant to access your account details, please click here.Ancestry experience. Also, when Ancestry uses other companies' services, data, and software tools to target advertising to you, these companies may collect information (such as a unique cookie or mobile identifier) about your online activities over time and across other websites or services on our behalf. Controls to help you manage this type of tracking via advertising are detailed in our Cookie Policy. 

	For Ancestry Academy, please call (877) 969-0919	If you have any questions or send an email to If you would likeconcerns about this Privacy Statement, our privacy practices, or wish to update, access your Ancestry Academy account details, please click here.or receive information about the Personal Information we maintain about you, you can contact us as follows: 

	For, please call (800) 613-0181, send an email to,	Ancestry members can reach us using these phone numbers, or visit If you would like to access your account details, please click here.may submit questions using this web form. 

	For, please call (877) 519-0129, send an email to, or visit If you would like to access your account details, please click here.	OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE MUST BE SENT VIA POSTAL MAIL TO: 

	For all ofmembers located in the Websites, official correspondence must be sent via postal mail to:United States: Operations Inc.
 Attn: Customer Solutions
 1300 W Traverse Parkway
 Lehi, UT 84043Privacy Office
 153 Townsend Street, Suite 800
 San Francisco, CA 94107 

	For members located outside of the United States:
 Ancestry Ireland Unlimited Company
 Attn: Privacy Office
 52-55 Sir John Rogerson Quay
 Dublin 2

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