Genealogy company allowing FBI to use private DNA database

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(Rolling Stone) In the time since, law enforcement has increasingly used this method of “investigative genealogy” in their efforts to solve cold cases and violent crimes, despite criticism from privacy advocates. While many DNA testing companies have assured their customers of their efforts to guard confidential data from law enforcement, Buzzfeed reports that Family Tree DNA has been working with the FBI by voluntarily granting the agency access to their vast database. In a statement to Buzzfeed News, a spokesperson confirmed the arrangement with the FBI and said the company began running DNA samples through its database on a case-by-case basis last fall.

“Without realizing it, [Family Tree DNA founder and CEO Bennett Greenspan] had inadvertently created a platform that, nearly two decades later, would help law enforcement agencies solve violent crimes faster than ever,” the company said in a statement to Buzzfeed.

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