GEDmath FTDNA Update

As a follow-up to my earlier post on the topic, the two entities are in talks to resolve the issue(s). Personally I think Roberta Estes sums it best in her blog post on the topic http://dna-explained.com/2016/03/19/family-tree-dna-and-gedmatch-dustup

I did  not take sides as it was obvious neither side was providing all the details – most likely on legal advice from one or both parties’ legal eagles. There are some serious privacy issues that haven’t been addressed and anytime they are raised too many experts and pseud0-experts try and explain them away without giving them a fair review, and treating those raising them as ignorant, stupid, paranoid, conspiracy theorists, treating them like pariahs, or worse.  Only a matter of time before those raising the privacy concerns get a chance to say “Told you so” to those trying to shut them up. By that time, it will be too late to fix the damage that has been done, but not too late to prevent additional damage from being done.

I am confident FTDNA and GEDmatch will reach agreement, but as Roberta pointed out, the fallout will remain. I recall an earlier FTDNA poorly thought out decision that resulted in hard feelings from people who thought the company was in the wrong based on their personal feelings.

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