Saturday 26 March 2016

BAM files

Great news from FTDNA for those of us exploring the finer branching of the Y-DNA trees.
This received today:

Dear Group Administrators:

Great news! As we promised in late January, we’re now able to begin to make Big Y BAM files available again.

Those testers who had BAM files prior to the interruption will have immediate access to them. Page functionality has been restored, along with the ability to download the zipped file or to get a randomly generated “share” link. Each time you click the button to get a link, a new one is generated. As before, those links expire in 14 days.

We will work through the waiting list of requests in the order in which they were received. Testers who requested BAM files but have not yet received them should receive notification that their file is available within the next 2-3 weeks.

Those who have ordered Big Y in the interim can request their file when their results are complete.

We have added an important statement to the download page:

Read before you download: We are committed to protecting the privacy of our customers. By downloading any raw data or reports, you hereby indicate that you are the owner of that data or have permission to download the data, and you further indicate your understanding that Family Tree DNA cannot in any way guarantee the security or privacy of your downloaded data. Furthermore, you understand that by uploading your raw data to a third party application and linking it to your name, Family Tree DNA kit number, email address, or any other identifying information, the security of your raw data and record is further put at risk and may lead to the violation of Family Tree DNA Privacy Policy. By downloading your raw data, you assume the liability for any breach of privacy and release Family Tree DNA from any privacy violation that results either directly or indirectly from the downloaded raw data and/or upload to a third party application.

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