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Offline Guy Etchells

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Re: 1939 Register details unsealed?
« Reply #18 on: Tuesday 05 November 19 06:48 GMT (UK) »
I know they have unredacted the wrong person in at least one case

My grandmother is redacted - she passed away several years ago, her younger sister (who is the line below her) is unredacted - and still alive.

I suspect they uncovered the wrong person

It is not surprising due to the way they were 'forced' to transcribe the 1939 National Register. Due to stupid privacy restrictions the transcriptions were done a column at a time with all the other columns redacted. This mean errors were easily made and difficult to see.

We are lucky the transcription are as accurate as the are under the circumstances.

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Re: 1939 Register details unsealed?
« Reply #19 on: Tuesday 05 November 19 20:07 GMT (UK) »
A couple of years ago I found that my mum's record had been revealed. She is still very much alive, now 91.

I couldn't work out how, as there was no matching death record under either her maiden name or married name (which had NOT been added to the line). The nearest match I found showed a date of birth about 18 months away from her proper one.

I emailed FindMyPast and informed them that although she was quite happy to have her details on view, they might be able to use that record to improve whatever algorithm they used to remove the redactions.

The record was hidden again a couple of days later.

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Re: 1939 Register details unsealed?
« Reply #20 on: Wednesday 05 May 21 04:24 BST (UK) »
They’d certainly be right with one death - but still he wasn’t born in the last 100 years, so I thought that was illegal? But they certainly have mistaken the death for my great-uncle, who was still alive as of about 2 months ago.

No it is not illegal, the 100 year rule was abolished in 2000 under the Freedom of Information Act. The redaction of information on the 1939 National Registration is simply office policy. The legal requirement is every 'case' should be considered individually and decided on its own merits.
Do not forget there is no privacy law in the UK.
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Re: 1939 Register details unsealed?
« Reply #21 on: Wednesday 05 May 21 08:43 BST (UK) »
I guess the 100 rule is far from infallible - Mr Google suggests that there were 13,330 centenarians  living in the UK in 2019. That number is probably even higher now, Covid notwithstanding.
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