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

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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, 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, @11:02AM (2 children)

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

    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.

    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
    • (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.