10 July 2020
Part of Ancestry’s commitment to protect our customers’ data is providing transparency about when we get requests for government/law enforcement access to it. Starting now, Ancestry’s transparency reports will be issued every six months; July’s report will cover January through June, 2020, and January, 2021’s report will cover the July through December period of 2020.
As explained in our Guide for Law Enforcement and our Privacy Statement, Ancestry requires valid legal process for all law enforcement access. Additionally, we believe that the nature of our members’ DNA data is particularly sensitive, so we insist on a court order or search warrant as the minimum level of due process before we will review our ability to comply with the request. We also seek to put our members’ privacy first, so we also will try to minimize the scope or even invalidate the warrant before complying.
Below is our transparency report for January through June 2020, which covers law enforcement requests for member data. This report covers requested access addressed to all Ancestry brands.
As of June 30, 2020, Ancestry has never received a classified request pursuant to the national security laws of the United States or any other country. In other words, Ancestry has not received a National Security Letter or a request under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.