The Privacy & Sharing page is where you can opt in to matching and view and specify your preferences regarding what information you share and with whom you share it.

Note: On your Privacy & Sharing page, you can click the Info_08Apr2018 icon in each section for more information.

Where is my Privacy & Sharing page?

To access your Privacy & Sharing page:

  1. Sign in to your myFTDNA account.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the page, hover your cursor over your name/Kit No., and click Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

    You are directed to Account Settings.
  3. At the top of Account Settings, click Privacy & Sharing.

Privacy & Sharing Settings

Your Profile

The Your Profile section explains that your profile will be shown to your matches on the levels that you select in the other sections of the Privacy & Sharing page.

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Your profile includes your name, picture, email address, haplogroups, earliest known ancestors, ancestral surnames, your personal story, and your country of residence.

Matching Preferences

The Matching Preferences section is where you can opt in to matching and Law Enforcement Matching.

Important:

  • If you do not opt in to matching, all of the other options in this section will be disabled (grayed out).
  • You will only be able to select matching levels for the type of tests that you have taken. If you have not taken a test, the corresponding section will be disabled (grayed out).

Opt in to Matching

You can choose to participate or to not participate in matching at any time. However, before you decide to consent, you must read and agree with our Consent to Participate in Matching policy. You can also access this policy by click on the Opt in to Matching link located next to the opt in toggle switch.

If you want to participate in matching and you agree with our Consent to Participate in Matching policy, click the Opt in to Matching toggle switch (it will turn blue).

If you do not want to participate in matching or you do not agree with our Consent to Participate in Matching policy, make sure that the Opt in to Matching toggle switch is toggled off (gray).

Law Enforcement Matching (LEM)

Please note that you must be opted in to matching before you can opt in to Law Enforcement Matching.

If you want to participate in Law Enforcement Matching, make sure the Opt in to Law Enforcement Matching toggle switch is selected (it will turn blue).

If you do not want to participate in Law Enforcement Matching, make sure that the Opt in to Law Enforcement Matching toggle switch is toggled off (gray).

Important: If you opt out of Law Enforcement Matching, these accounts will not be able to see you as a match, but you will continue to see them as a match.

For more information, see Law Enforcement Matching – Frequently Asked Questions.

Matching Levels

Match levels are for matching purposes only. If you have not consented to participate in matching, the Matching Levels drop-down lists will be disabled, and you will not be able to make any selections in this section.

The matching levels you choose determine the following:

  • which matches you see.
  • which matches see you.
  • with which users you are matched.
  • for Y-DNA and mtDNA matching, information about how you and your matches test results match and differ from each other and between common matches.

When you and a match both have the same testing level selected, you will see each other as a match. If one of you does not have the same testing level selected, neither of you will see the other as a match at that level.

Please note that if any of your matches (on the levels for which you have chosen to share) are a member of a Group Project(s), their Group Administrators will also be able to view your profile.

Family Finder Matching

Family Finder matching allows you to select which autosomal match relationship level you want to see matches for and grant those matches the ability to connect with you. You will be matched with users who have tested at the level you select.

For Family Finder matching, select one of the following options in the drop-down list:

  • All Levels 
  • Distant, Close & Immediate
  • Close & Immediate 
  • Immediate Only
  • None

For more information on Family Finder matches, see the What are the possible relationships for a Family Finder match? Learning Center topic.

mtDNA Matching

mtDNA matching allows you to select which mtDNA (genetic maternal line) match level you want to see matches for and grant those matches the ability to connect with you. You will be matched with users who have tested at the level you select.

For mtDNA matching, select one of the following options in the drop-down list:

  • All Levels
  • HVR2 & Full Sequence
  • Full Sequence Only

For more information on mtDNA matches, see the How do I tell how closely I am related to a mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) match? Learning Center topic.

Y-DNA Matching

Note: This section is displayed for male gender kits only.

Y-DNA matching allows you to select which Y-DNA (genetic paternal line) match level you want to see matches for and grant those matches the ability to connect with you. You will be matched with users who have tested at the level you select.

For Y-DNA matching, select one of the following options in the drop-down list:

  • All Levels
  • Y-DNA25 
  • Y-DNA37
  • Y-DNA67
  • Y-DNA111
  • Big Y-500 & SNP Only 
  • None 

For more information on Y-DNA matches, see the following Learning Center topics:

Match Preference Summary

The Match Preference Summary section displays a summary of the testing levels that you have selected for matching.

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Origin Sharing

The Origin Sharing section is where you can choose to share your ethnicity and other origin estimates with your matches. When you opt in to sharing:

  • You and your matches will see each other’s estimated origin percentages.
  • All matches with Family Finder results will be able to view each other’s shared regions.

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In this section, complete one of the following:

  • If you want to share your origins with your matches, click the Opt in to Sharing toggle switch (it will turn blue).
  • If you do not want to share your origins, make sure the Opt in to Sharing toggle switch is not selected (gray).
Family Tree Sharing

The Family Tree Sharing section is where you can choose whether or not to share your family tree and with whom you share it.

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For family tree sharing, select one of the following options in the drop-down list:

  • All FamilyTreeDNA Users – By this, we mean that if you are linked to a match’s tree and that match shares their tree, or if one of their matches views the tree, your information will be displayed on their shared tree.
  • Only Matches
  • Only Me 

Please note that when you select to share your family tree, living people born less than 100 years ago will not be displayed. You, deceased individuals, and individuals born more than 100 years ago will be displayed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I turn off matching?

You can turn off matching on your Privacy & Sharing page in the Matching Preferences section.

To turn off matching:

  1. At the top of the Matching Preferences section, click the  Opt in to Matching toggle switch (it will turn gray).
How do I turn on matching?

You can turn on matching on your Privacy & Sharing page in the Matching Preferences section.

To turn on matching:

  1. Read our Consent to Participate in Matching policy.
    • If you agree to our policy, go to step 2.
    • If you do not agree to our policy, you will not see any other user who might have matched you, and no other user will see you.
  2. In the Matching Preferences section, click the Opt in to Matching toggle switch (it will turn blue).


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.


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