13 Oct Expert Raise Privacy Concerns on Easy DNA Identification Via Public Genealogy Databases
MyHeritage chief science officer Yaniv Erlich recently expressed how concerns on how it can be easy to identify and track down people using public genealogy databases.
Analyzing 1.28 people in their company’s database, Erlich said that they are able to identify third cousins and other closely related relatives in more than 60 percent of subjects with European ancestry. Combined with other information, the researchers said that they could further narrow down the list to just a few people.
Erlich said that while the technique is effective in tracking criminals, it can also be used for other illegitimate purposes.