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Monday, May 21, 2018

Public DNA Databases Are Now Crawling With Police

After the arrest of the Golden State Killer suspect last month, police and genealogists didn’t waste any time accessing public DNA databases. Now a forensics company announced they will perform this analysis en masse, and the DNA database GEDmatch will allow police usage of their database. GEDmatch takes samples provided by police and processes the DNA much like 23andMe and Ancestry do. The results are then shared in the database, which is popular among people studying their family tree. Many are concerned about privacy violations. Even if you never agreed to put your DNA in a law enforcement database, snippets of it are probably already there thanks to third, fourth or even fifth cousins who had no idea their genealogy search file would ever be used this way. Other DNA databases are opening up their vaults to law enforcement and forensics companies as well. This video was produced by YT Wochit News using