Important Announcement – DNA.Land – September 15, 2019

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I am not sure if this is a good thing, a bad thing, or a mix of good and bad. I noticed this on Medium, but also saw it today on The DNA Geek: https://thednageek.com/big-changes-at-dna-land/. There are too many unknown variables at this point. I encourage DNA.Land to quickly announce the Terms of Service (TOS) and any costs that may be part of the process as well as address possible concerns that will be raised. As they have over 163,000 uploads on their current site, it won’t be cheap to build that back up, much less maintain it on whatever servers they will be using.

Here are several Medium links by DNA.LandImportant Announcement – DNA.Land: https://medium.com/@dl1dl1/important-announcement-cbcd0e5718bd which links to DNA.Land is relaunching!: https://medium.com/@dl1dl1/dna-land-is-relaunching-34f5a505504f DNA.Land FAQ: https://dna.land/faq.

I agree with The DNA Geek on this point:

As always, I encourage you to read the Terms of Service before you upload to any third-party site.

Until I see exactly what the Terms of Service (TOS) include, I won’t be uploading my DNA raw data to DNA.Land 2.0. I see nothing in the Medium articles or on DNA.Land FAQ to inspire confidence on how they will handle my DNA if I upload it. Once October 1, 2019 has the new website up and running, I will review the TOS, which hopefully will be up by then.

Having seen what GEDmatch and FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) did without informing their users/customers, I am leery of how DNA.Land will proceed. I hope they will be aboard-board, but I am taking a wait and see approach.

 

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