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DNA testing company admits Sharing Genetic Data With the FBI

Many websites like Ancestry.com, 23AndME and several other private genetic testing organizations/companies have made it insanely easy to gain information about your ethnic background, distant relatives and entire documented ancestry. Millions of orphans and adopted children are opting for this option to know about their lineage. You just need to provide your saliva and for a fee as little as $100, all this information will be made available to you. However tempting it may sound, recent revelations have made it a little wary to trade your saliva for genetic and ancestral information. Let’s find out why.

FamilyTreeDNA, a  prominent and promising private DNA testing company from Houston, Texas have confirmed that they have given the FBI the freedom to go through its entire database of genetic-based consumer information. This means that the FBI will now possess a sizeable portion of the population’s data which can be obviously used for good causes like solving and predicting violent crime.  

The company in a statement made to Buzzfeed confirmed the fact that it is providing the Feds with full access to the genetic database of more than 2 million customers, in a bid to ‘help’ the law enforcement agency with prevention of violent crimes that have been on the rise recently.

This agreement between the FBI and FamilyTreeDNA means that not only the Feds have access to information about the direct customers but also information about their relatives, not just close but distant relatives as well, bumping up the access of information of 2 million people to more than 15 million.

The FBI was able to track down and arrest the Golden State Killer, after more than a couple of decades, owing to his information being available on GEDMatch, an open source genetic database similar to that of FamilyTree DNA. With this deal, it will facilitate the FBI in solving cases that are open for years because of cold leads.

However, possessing this much amount of information means the data can be misused. If someone is arrested using this method, not only information like physical ailments and mental disorders about the concerned person will be exposed but similar information of relatives, close and distant, unborn children and the entire lineage will be in the hands of the FBI who may try to test the theory of Turnkey Tyranny, if needs or purposes call for it to be done. 

FamilyTreeDNA, once known and lauded by U.S. News and PCWorld for protecting its consumer privacy has now updated its terms and conditions making this an alarming call for this booming industry and raising the question: Can we even have privacy?

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