Ancestry.com closes SMGF Database due to controversy over murder case.

Ancestry.com closes SMGF Database due to controversy over murder case.

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Ancestry.com has decided to suspend access to the SMGF database of genetic information after the resource was used by law enforcement authorities to identify a suspect in a decades-old murder case.

 

Ancestry.com closes SMGF Database due to controversy over murder case.
Ancestry.com closes SMGF Database due to controversy over murder case.

The move came after multiple media outlets reported this month that Ancestry.com had divulged the identity of a donor in the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation’s database to the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Ancestry.com has maintained the database since it acquired SMGF’s assets in 2012.

Though the suspect in the case was never arrested and was later cleared of any wrongdoing, various news and opinion websites reported erroneously that Ancestry.com had released the identity of the donor without a warrant, when in fact it released the name of the donor only after it was served with a warrant, as it is legally obligated to do. Nevertheless, the company decided to end access to the database because of its use in a law enforcement case, rather than genealogical purposes… [read more]

Source: Ancestry.com Shutters SMGF Database Amid Murder Case Controversy | GenomeWeb


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