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Daily Dashboard | At-home DNA testing company grants FBI selected access to database Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Editorial Director, Aug. 16, 2019





BuzzFeed News reports that at-home DNA testing company Family Tree DNA is allowing the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to search its genealogy database to help solve violent crimes. Though the FBI cannot freely browse the genetic profiles, the access "would help law enforcement agencies solve violent crimes faster than ever," the company said. According to the report, Family Tree does not have a contract with the agency but "has agreed to test DNA samples and upload the profiles to its database on a case-by-case basis since last fall." The company said customers can opt out of familial matching, which would prevent them from being searchable by the FBI, the report states. 
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