Law Enforcement Can Obtain Customer DNA Data from Ancestry, 23andMe

Law Enforcement Can Obtain Customer DNA Data from Ancestry, 23andMe

Jacksonville, Florida – Reporters from Action News Jax recently found out that police can obtain and use genetic information from DNA testing companies like Ancestry or 23andMe to identify individuals in criminal investigations.

In an interview with 23andMe’s privacy officer Kate Black, the company said that it notifies its customers about the possibility of a request from law enforcement before getting their DNA samples. Black additionally confirmed that it has indeed gotten requests in the past, but they have not turned over any information. Ancestry, on the other hand, said that it had complied with one such request in 2014.

However, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and the Florida Department Of Law Enforcement all stated that they could not recall any investigations which required a request for such information.

Source: Action News Jax

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