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Old 05-18-2018, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Dear Valued Ysearch & Mitosearch Members,


On May 24th, 2018, our free, public genetic-genealogy databases, ysearch.org and mitosearch.org, will no longer be accessible as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect on May 25th.


As the founders of the direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy industry, we did not make this decision lightly. We believe it is necessary given the resources it would take to make both sites GDPR compliant. The current environment regarding DNA privacy as well as recent events in the news, particularly DNA databases being utilized to solve cold cases, were also considerations, but the rigorous requirements of GDPR would have prompted this action irrespective of current events.


User privacy policies across all of the major consumer genetic-genealogy service providers have become a topic of national conversation, and it is our goal to ensure that our privacy policies continue to meet or exceed industry norms.


We encourage you to continue your journey of discovery with us on FamilyTreeDNA, and we thank you for your participation in “citizen science” over the years.


Sincerely,


FamilyTreeDNA


Well, there you go.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Bummer.
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Old 05-19-2018, 04:38 AM
 
Location: the heart is!
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Truth be known, for the people who have used these sites in the true fashion for which they were intended have lost a benefit in pursuing their genealogical history. Unfortunately it is likely necessary to protect the common good and the rights of an individual's privacy. Just my two cents on the matter.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:14 AM
 
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Those sites had not been updated in years. Extremely slow and not user-friendly. Fortunately the thousands of surname and other projects at FTDNA are still mostly public, so it's not a great loss.
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Old 05-19-2018, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Truth be known, for the people who have used these sites in the true fashion for which they were intended have lost a benefit in pursuing their genealogical history.

I spent probably upward of 100 hours on those sites, and am not any closer to solving several mysteries than when I started.


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Those sites had not been updated in years. Extremely slow and not user-friendly.

They were free. Perhaps you should have volunteered your time to re-write the code to make them faster.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:45 PM
 
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I spent probably upward of 100 hours on those sites, and am not any closer to solving several mysteries than when I started.



They were free. Perhaps you should have volunteered your time to re-write the code to make them faster.
I would have, but I wanted to save you hundreds more hours of failing to solve your mysteries by just letting the sites implode.
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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... Fortunately the thousands of surname and other projects at FTDNA are still mostly public, so it's not a great loss.
I just noticed that WorldFamilies.net is deleting their surname projects section. I never really understood how this site interacted with the project data pages on FTDNA. I guess the impact is minimal?

https://www.worldfamilies.net/blog/38818
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