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Your Voluntary DNA Submission Is Subject To Police Requests

In a revelation that should probably surprise no-one, it turns out that DNA testing services Ancestry.com and 23andMe have had police requests to compare data against that found at crime scenes.

Probably not something you considered when all you wanted to find out was if you should be wearing lederhosen or a kilt to that family reunion.
When Ancestry and 23andMe both began collecting DNA data of users several years ago, privacy campaigners warned that it could lead to the authorities using the database to find targets that are otherwise not linked with a crime.
This was proved right earlier this year when one American was considered for an unsolved 1996 murder case (as per Fusion), despite no involvement, simply because his father’s Ancestry.com saliva sample raised a familial match to evidence collected from the original crime scene.
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