Last night, on the FamilyTreeDNA Forums, FTDNA Customer Service representative Darren Marin posted that both Ysearch.org and Mitosearch.org will permanently cease operation. He included the comment, "Management is aiming for the end of this month but the exact date has not been announced yet."
With the European Union's GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) taking effect on May 25, it seems almost a certainty that the websites will cease operation on or before that date. Approximately 12% of the records in Ysearch, for example, originated at labs other than FTDNA, and that information—both Y-STR detail and ancestor summaries—will be lost permanently. Y-DNA data from FTDNA will remain under accounts at the company, but Y-STR information generated originally by organizations like Sorenson Molecular, version one of the Genographic Project, and Ancestry.com, will no longer be available. If the results at Ysearch and Mitosearch have significance to you or a project on which you work, it is highly recommended that you take steps to capture the data as soon as possible.
Update 18 May 2018
Today, FamilyTreeDNA sent a confirming email to all those with a registered account at Ysearch and Mitosearch informing that 24 May will be the last date of operation for the two sites. The text of the notification follows:
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.