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    Genealogy website used to track down ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.83f3881dbd8f

    Didn't 23andme recently allow uploading raw data files to find DNA relatives?

    https://familyhistorydaily.com/genea...ncestry-report

    All the FBI would have to do is sequence someone's DNA, convert the file to the AncestryDNA format, upload it to 23andme, and get a bunch of cousin matches. Arguably unethical, but I don't think too many people will cry about it when they use it for the high profile cases.

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    Genealogy website used to track down ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect

    Fox News said that the Authority found the Killer by comparing his DNA with the Public Data on Gedmatch.
    No abuse of privacy took place and a Search Warrant wasn’t needed.

    “.... Authorities' biggest tools was GEDMatch, a Florida-based website that pools DNA profiles that people upload and share publicly, Paul Holes, one of the team’s top officials, told the Mercury News on Friday. ...”
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/27...ting-site.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expredel View Post
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.83f3881dbd8f
    Didn't 23andme recently allow uploading raw data files to find DNA relatives?
    https://familyhistorydaily.com/genea...ncestry-report
    All the FBI would have to do is sequence someone's DNA, convert the file to the AncestryDNA format, upload it to 23andme, and get a bunch of cousin matches. Arguably unethical, but I don't think too many people will cry about it when they use it for the high profile cases.
    not against the law to obtain dna samples from every person who enters prison in Australia, no privacy issues either ...............there more privacy issues in presenting your birth, death and marriage certificates then DNA IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sile View Post
    not against the law to obtain dna samples from every person who enters prison in Australia, no privacy issues either ...............there more privacy issues in presenting your birth, death and marriage certificates then DNA IMO
    Same for the USA. Hopefully they'll get pretty efficient at rounding up rapists.

    According to the associated press they used ysearch.org

    https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wi...-case-54780876

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expredel View Post
    Same for the USA. Hopefully they'll get pretty efficient at rounding up rapists.

    According to the associated press they used ysearch.org

    https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wi...-case-54780876
    they also take blood samples from newborn to see if there are any medical issues......but also for future paternity issues in divorces .......database for blood types, and many more........in the end their will be no privacy issues in regards to DNA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expredel View Post
    All the FBI would have to do is sequence someone's DNA, convert the file to the AncestryDNA format, upload it to 23andme, and get a bunch of cousin matches. Arguably unethical, but I don't think too many people will cry about it when they use it for the high profile cases.
    Why would that be unethical? If it helps catch dangerous criminals, it is the definition of ethical, is it not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo View Post
    Why would that be unethical? If it helps catch dangerous criminals, it is the definition of ethical, is it not?
    Accessing a DNA database in violation of the user agreement should require a court order. GEDmatch's user agreement is a bit of a gray area, but it appears to allow the use of the site for criminal investigations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expredel View Post
    Accessing a DNA database in violation of the user agreement should require a court order. GEDmatch's user agreement is a bit of a gray area, but it appears to allow the use of the site for criminal investigations.
    They are probably searching against public kits. All of mine can be matched by anybody for any reason. You don't have to upload it if you want it private.

    Is there info that says they used non-public kits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by I1a3_Young View Post
    They are probably searching against public kits. All of mine can be matched by anybody for any reason. You don't have to upload it if you want it private.

    Is there info that says they used non-public kits?
    You could be right. When a person decides to have a kit out in public, he/she should be aware of the risks.
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