With the rapid expansion and availability of DNA services, there has been a vocal backlash from those who fear the use and sharing of DNA data for purposes contrary to personal rights such as privacy.
The possibility of our DNA information being easily made available to the government, insurance agencies, police, military, etc. could have serious personal, employment and financial consequences.
Now I learn that Ancestry.com has been making DNA data available to the police in their ongoing criminal investigations.
According to the Police Zero website, “Police investigating the 1996 murder of Angie Dodge targeted the wrong man as the suspect, after looking to Ancestry.com owned Sorensen Database labs for help. The labs look for familial matches between the murderers DNA and DNA submitted for genealogical testing after failing to find a match using traditional methods.”
Ancestry.com did not respond to questions concerning this practice.
[read more in the Police Zero article…]
UPDATE: See Ancestry.com closes SMGF database due to controversy over murder case.