FBI Gathering DNA Data Base for the Entire Country

Comment by Jim Campbell

February 21st, 2019

This would seem to be a violation of the 4th Amendment and will not likely hold up if it made its way to the United States Supreme Court.

The Fourth Amendment:

Today, the Fourth Amendment means that in order for a police officer to search and arrest someone, he or she will need to get permission or a warrant to do so from a judge.

 

 

Bleeding hearts might say, “If it’s for the greater good, what’s the problem.”

These are the same folks on the left who would love to see the Constitution to become a living breathing changeable document. 

The U.S. Constitution as written by our Founding Fathers was written to prevent this extreme government activity.

 

In order to get a warrant, the police officer must have evidence or probable cause that supports it.

This is not at all what is going on and seems to be a mockery of the U.S. Constitution.

 

The 10th Amendment is another statute in the Bill of Rights would also render the FBI’s plight wrong.

The government needs to issue a specific warrant to gather said DNA.

There is no privacy specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly found against this type of government overreach.

The Bloomberg Report

By

February 21st, 2019

FamilyTreeDNA has been voluntarily handing over customer data

The amount of data law enforcement can use has doubled

The decision by a prominent consumer DNA-testing company to share data with federal law enforcement means investigators have access to genetic information linked to hundreds of millions of people.

FamilyTreeDNA, an early pioneer of the rapidly growing market for consumer genetic testing, confirmed late Thursday that it has granted the Federal Bureau of Investigation access to its vast trove of nearly 2 million genetic profiles.

 

Concerns about unfettered access to genetic information gathered by testing companies have swelled since April, when police used a genealogy website to ensnare a suspect in the decades-old case of the Golden State Killer.

But that site, GEDmatch, was open-source, meaning police were able to upload crime-scene DNA data to the site without permission.

The latest arrangement marks the first time a commercial testing company has voluntarily given law enforcement access to user data.

The move is of concern to more than just privacy-minded FamilyTreeDNA customers.

One person sharing genetic information also exposes those to whom they are closely related.

That’s how police caught the alleged Golden State Killer.

A study last year estimated that only 2 percent of the population needs to have done a DNA test for virtually everyone’s genetic information to be represented in that data.

Doubling Data

FamilyTreeDNA’s cooperation with the FBI more than doubles the amount of genetic data law enforcement already had access to through GEDmatch.

FamilyTreeDNA said law enforcement may not freely browse genetic data but rather has access only to the same information any user might.

“The FBI does not have unfettered access to the FamilyTreeDNA database,” Bennett Greenspan, the company founder and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The genealogy community expressed dismay. Last summer, FamilyTree DNA was among a list of consumer genetic testing companies that agreed to a suite of voluntary privacy guidelines, but as of Friday morning, it had been crossed off the list.

“The deal between FamilyTreeDNA and the FBI is deeply flawed,” said John Verdi, vice president of policy at the Future of Privacy Forum, which maintains the list.

“It’s out of line with industry best practices, it’s out of line with what leaders in the space do and it’s out of line with consumer expectations.”

Some in the field have begun arguing that a universal, government-controlled database may be better for privacy than allowing law enforcement to gain access to consumer information.

FamilyTreeDNA said its lab has received “less than 10 samples” from the FBI.

It also said it has worked with state and city police agencies in addition to the FBI to resolve cold cases.

“The genealogy community, their privacy and confidentiality has always been our top priority,” the company said in an email response to questions.

Consumer DNA testing has become big business.

Ancestry.com and 23andMe Inc. alone have sold more than 15 million DNA kits. Concerns about an industry commitment to privacy could hamper the industry’s rapid growth.

Since the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer, more than a dozen other suspects have been apprehended using GEDmatch.

By doubling the amount of data law enforcement have access to, those numbers are sure to surge.

“The real risk is not exposure of info but that an innocent person could be swept up in a criminal investigation because his or her cousin has taken a DNA test,’’ said Debbie Kennett, a British genealogist and author.

“On the other hand, the more people in the databases and the closer the matches, the less chance there is that people will make mistakes.’’

 

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1 Response to FBI Gathering DNA Data Base for the Entire Country

  1. JAFC says:

    Before using these vanity services, be sure to read the privacy disclaimers. You might be voluntarily surrendering your right to data privacy..

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