The Privacy & Sharing page is where you may control most of your privacy and sharing options.



This page contains the following sections:

  • My Profile - Allows you to limit access to your profile information with regards to projects of which you are a member. This only affects you if you are part of a group project.
  • My DNA Results - Allows you to limit who can view your DNA results.
  • Account Access – Allows you to limit the permissions that your Project Administrator has for your account. This only affects you if you are part of a group project.
Where is the Privacy & Sharing page?

To access the Privacy & Sharing page:

  1. Sign in to your myFTDNA account.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the page, click on your name/kit number, and click Account Settings from the drop-down menu.
    In the upper-left corner of the page, click on myFTDNA, and click Account Settings from the slide-out menu.
    The Account Settings  page is displayed.
  3. On the Account Settings  page, click the Privacy & Sharing tab. The Privacy & Sharing page is displayed.
How do I control who sees myFamilyTree?

You may control all of your privacy settings on the myFTDNA page for the kit.  You may learn more specifics about privacy and your Family Tree on the Family Tree Privacy Settings page.

How does participating in a group project effect my privacy?

Joining a project does expose some identifying information about you to the project volunteer administrator. It may also expose non-identifying information about you through the project’s Public Project Website (should it have one).

The project volunteer administrator can see your results and some of the information listed in your myFTDNA account such as your contact information. The project volunteer administrator will not be able to see your password.

Projects often set up a website on which member results are posted. How these results are identified is up to the project volunteer administrator. Results are often listed by the participant’s oldest known ancestor, kit number, or last name. You may wish to discuss what information will be available on the project’s website before joining a project.

How do I opt out of sharing my ethnic percentage information with my Family Finder matches?

1) Sign in to your myFTDNA account.

Family Tree DNA Customer Login

Log in to your myFTDNA account.

2) On the top navigation bar, click your name, and choose Settings from the menu.

3) To opt-out of or opt-in to sharing your ethnic percentages with your matches:

Opt-out – on the Privacy & Sharing page, select the Do not share my ethnic breakdown with my matches option.

Select not to share

Select not to share.

Opt-in – on the Privacy & Sharing page, select the Share my ethnic breakdown with my matches option.


Select to share with matches.

4) Click Save.

Click Save


Does Family Tree DNA employ the same privacy policies as DNA Heritage?

Family Tree DNA employs a stringent privacy policy. We are committed to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program – The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection. Family Tree DNA does not share information with third parties, and our customers choose what information they want to disclose.  We include our Privacy Policy as part of our Terms of Service.  Click to review our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service as well as our EU Safe Harbor information.