Originally convention suggested we did not publish the names of living individuals. On this site we have around 100 trees. We have bombarded with requests to list and update details on living individuals, which we now do unless requested not to do so.
This has certainly also bought about many requests for contact details between interested living family members, which we willingly pass on if we have such details.
Generally we do not show the names of children under 16 at the current publication date, unless permission has been given.
This is a privacy issue.
Nowadays most children over 16 have an Internet presence such as Facebook, Myspace etc.were they publish their own details such as birthdates etc so privacy is no longer a real issue.
On this site there is no link to contact information or location against any names within trees so no general concern should exist that anyone can be contacted by third party sources.