Privacy Statement

Pending any alterations necessitated by the imminent publication of FTDNA’s Privacy Statement and their Guidelines for Project Administrators, the following provisional Privacy Statement applies to this Study:

Clan Irwin Surname DNA Study – Provisional Privacy Statement

As Administrator and Co-administrators of this Study we give to you as a member of this Study priority in protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal data. 

What personal data about you do we hold or have access to? 

The only personal data about you that we hold or have access to is data which has been made available to us by DNA testing companies with your consent (to the access level you have chosen), and additional data which you may have given us direct by e-mail or by post.  Personal data held in our files is password protected;  your contact information is stored in separate files from your DNA test data, and the latter is pseudonymized by use of your test kit number in lieu of your name.  We do not use cookies to collect personal data of visitors to the Study’s website.

What use do we make of your personal data? 

The only use we make of this data is that relevant to meeting the Goals of our Study as stated in our public website at  We keep this website updated at least every six months.  You may request an updated version of the personal data on our website at any time.  We will not publish your name, e-mail address or other contact details, or share this information with any other study member or other person or organization without your specific written approval, unless we were to be legally obliged to do so.  Nor will we publish or share your DNA test results except in pseudonymized form.

For how long do we hold your personal data? 

We hold your data for as long as you remain a member of our Study.  If you wish to withdraw from our Study you should advise FTDNA.  You may make such a request at any time, and we will remove your data from our project files as quickly as practicable.  However we cannot retrieve data that has previously been posted in the public domain.

In our administration of this Study we endeavour to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation which enters into force on 25 May 2018, and  with the most recent editions of the Genetic Genealogy Standards (, of FTDNA’s guidelines (, and of ISOGG’s guidance (

We endeavor to respond promptly to any queries, errors, or complaints you may bring to our attention about our handling of your personal data associated with this Study.  However you should be aware that some of your concerns may be better forwarded direct to the relevant DNA testing company.

We will update this Statement after FTDNA publish their Privacy Statement, and as required thereafter.

19 May 2018                                      James M Irvine,           Study Administrator

                                                             Kent L Irvin,                  Co-administrator

                                                             Rev. Peter B Irvine,     Co-administrator

                              Bryant F McAllister     Co-administrator