Tag Archives: The DNA Geek

Trust — The DNA Geek

In the midst of political turmoil in the USA, two major changes took place in the world of genetic genealogy that may have escaped attention.  The first is that FamilyTreeDNA has a new owner.  The second is that the Terms … Continue reading

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6th Blogversary According to WordPress June 24, 2019

This was weird as I thought my 6th Blogversary was next month, not today. I thought about it when I re-blogged the 6th Anniversary for My Blog Turns 6 — The Captain’s Speech. I also hit 2,500 posts yesterday, Genealogical … Continue reading

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Informed Consent: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It’s Necessary — The DNA Geek

The genetic genealogy community is in turmoil. People are angry, accusations are flying, and friendships are sundering. All over something as seemingly straightforward as whether we have the right to decide whether our DNA data can be used by law … Continue reading

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23andMe Hits 10 million DNA Customers

Updated to reflect conflicting participant numbers for Geno 2.0 Next. Added a link to the new post I made about the conflicting participant numbers – Conflicting Participant Numbers Between Geno 2.0 Next on Two Different Sections of Their Website. From … Continue reading

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Introducing the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Speakers September 6 – 8, 2019 Amsterdam

As reported by https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/03/myheritage-live-2019-speaker-spotlight/. MyHeritage LIVE, which will take place September 6-8, in Amsterdam, will feature lectures and hands-on workshops led by internationally renowned speakers in the fields of genealogy and DNA.  We’re excited to announce the speaking lineup for … Continue reading

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Horseshoes and Hand Grenades — The DNA Geek

Almost. Family Tree DNA almost got it right. In late January 2019, we learned that FTDNA had quietly changed their Terms of Service at least a month before without notifying their customers. The December ToS allowed any law enforcement agent, … Continue reading

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More Privacy Concerns at Family Tree DNA — The DNA Geek

On 31 January, 2019, we learned from Buzzfeed that Family Tree DNA had allowed the FBI to use their customer database for criminal investigations. In fact, they had even changed their Terms of Service in December, without notifying said customers … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Sales — The DNA Geek

It’s that time of year: Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air! Chocolate is abundant. And if you’re not in the spirit, the El Paso Zoo will name a cockroach after your ex then feed it to a meerkat. There’s … Continue reading

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Opening the DNA floodgates — The Legal Genealogist

FTDNA database now wide open to law enforcement The Legal Genealogist has long been one of the biggest fans of the DNA testing company, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), part of the Gene by Gene companies of Houston, Texas. A company … Continue reading

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FTDNA Opens the Door to the Cops — The DNA Geek

This post has been updated. Today, Buzzfeed broke the story that Family Tree DNA has been allowing FBI agents to use their database for criminal investigations. What’s more, Gene-by-Gene, the parent company of FTDNA, is selling DNA analysis services to … Continue reading

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