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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday April 03 2019, @11:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the privacy-policies-are-for-suckers dept.

Submitted via IRC for chromas

FamilyTreeDNA Deputizes Itself, Starts Pitching DNA Matching Services To Law Enforcement

One DNA-matching company has decided it's going to corner an under-served market: US law enforcement. FamilyTreeDNA -- last seen here opening up its database to the FBI without informing its users first -- is actively pitching its services to law enforcement.

The television spot, to air in San Diego first, asks anyone who has had a direct-to-consumer DNA test from another company, like 23andMe or Ancestry.com, to upload a copy so that law enforcement can spot any connections to DNA found at crime scenes.

The advertisement features Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, a Salt Lake City teen who was abducted in 2002 but later found alive. “If you are one of the millions of people who have taken a DNA test, your help can provide the missing link,” he says in the spot.

Welcome to FamilyTreeDNA's cooperating witness program -- one it profits from by selling information customers give it to law enforcement. The tug at the heartstrings is a nice touch. FamilyTreeDNA is finally being upfront with users about its intentions for their DNA samples. This is due to its founder deciding -- without consulting his customers -- that they're all as willing as he is to convert your DNA samples into public goods.

Bennett Greenspan, the firm’s founder, said he had decided he had a moral obligation to help solve old murders and rapes. Now he thinks that customers will agree and make their DNA available specifically to help out.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 04 2019, @07:22AM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 04 2019, @07:22AM (#824385)

    AFAIR, “alt-right” (I think, I don't really follow much of US politics) use it as a some derogatory mark for, err, jews, or something? I don't quite remember. Better try googling, I guess.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 04 2019, @08:41AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 04 2019, @08:41AM (#824399)

    Are you implying (((AC))) was trying to denigrate a capitalist? What would the alt-right prefer, freedom loving state run corporations?

  • (Score: 2) by Webweasel on Thursday April 04 2019, @10:20AM (3 children)

    by Webweasel (567) on Thursday April 04 2019, @10:20AM (#824410) Homepage Journal

    This is correct. It started with a firefox extension that would put the triple brackets around known Jews in online articles.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 04 2019, @11:02AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 04 2019, @11:02AM (#824418)

      Awesome.
      Can it also highlight known rapists, murders, arsonists, terrorists, muslims, thieves, politicians, and lawyers?

      • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday April 04 2019, @04:01PM (1 child)

        by Freeman (732) on Thursday April 04 2019, @04:01PM (#824539) Journal

        I'd settle for it marking known rapists, murderers, and politicians. Especially, the latter of the three, need more scrutiny to keep them honest.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 05 2019, @12:32PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 05 2019, @12:32PM (#824859)

          Okay, yes, those 8 groups can be condensed down to the 3 you suggested.

  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Thursday April 04 2019, @06:10PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday April 04 2019, @06:10PM (#824620) Journal

    I guess they didn't have the coding skills to use a yellow star.

    I love how they're literally labeling Jews yet object to being called fascists.