Privacy Statement

Clan Irwin Surname DNA Study Privacy Statement

We the undersigned give you, as a member of this Study, priority to 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 that has been made available to us by DNA testing companies with your consent (to the access level you have chosen), and additional data that you may have given us direct by e-mail or by post. All personal data held in our files is password protected. Your contact information is stored in a separate file from your DNA test data. Your DNA test data is pseudonymized by use of your test kit number in lieu of your name. You may request an updated version of your personal data at any time.

What use do we make of your personal data? The only use we make of this data is that relevant to achieving the Goals of our Study as stated in our public website at 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 consent unless we are legally obliged to do so. Nor will we share or publish your DNA test results except in pseudonymized form. We update our Study website every six months. We do not use cookies to collect personal data of visitors to this website.

For how long do we hold your personal data? We hold this data for as long as you remain a member of our Study. If you wish to withdraw from our Study you should advise the Study Administrator and FTDNA. You may make such a request at any time, and we will remove your data from our study 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 2017 and with the most recent editions of FTDNA’s Terms (, of the Genetic Genealogy Standards (, and of ISOGG’s guidance (

We endeavour to respond promptly to any queries, errors or concerns 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 to the relevant DNA testing company.

9 October 2018 James M Irvine, Study Administrator

Kent L Irvin, Co-administrator

Rev. Peter B Irvine, Co-administrator

Bryant F McAllister Co-administrator

NB This Policy Statement replaces a very similar Provisional Policy Statement dated 19 May 2018.