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posted by martyb on Wednesday January 22 2020, @03:28PM   Printer-friendly
from the 60%-likely-is-40%-unlikely dept.


How similar do you think you are to your second cousin? Or your estranged great aunt?

Would you like to have people assess your behaviour from what your great aunt has done? How would you feel if courts used data gained from them to decide how you are likely to behave in the future?

Scientists are making connections between a person's DNA and their tendencies for certain kinds of behaviour. At the same time, commercial DNA databases are becoming more common and police are gaining access to them.

When these trends combine, genetic data inferred about offenders from their relatives might one day be used by courts to determine sentences. In the future, the data from your great aunt could be used by a court to determine how severely you are punished for a crime.

[...] A Florida judge recently approved a warrant to search a genetic genealogy , GED Match. This American company has approximately 1.3 million users who have uploaded their personal genetic data, with the assumption of privacy, in the hope of discovering their family tree.

The court directly overruled these users' request for privacy and now the company is obliged to hand over the data.

[...] This might be used by the prosecution to make the case for a longer sentence. In some jurisdictions and circumstances, the prosecution may have a means of obtaining a sample of DNA directly from the offender. But where this is not legally possible without the offender's consent, the inference from relatives might fill a gap in the prosecution's case about how dangerous the offender is.

Your ability to be granted bail may hinge on your genes.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by mordac on Wednesday January 22 2020, @04:58PM (3 children)

    by mordac (6108) on Wednesday January 22 2020, @04:58PM (#946885)

    Lets do this. But we start with the politicians and judges, because surely it's more important that we know that they are not genetically predisposed to corruption and law-breaking.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 22 2020, @06:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 22 2020, @06:43PM (#946933)

    Don't forget the cops.

  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Wednesday January 22 2020, @07:40PM (1 child)

    by krishnoid (1156) on Wednesday January 22 2020, @07:40PM (#946973)

    How difficult do you think it would be to get a blood/hair/uh, other bodily fluid sample from those people?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 23 2020, @02:04AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 23 2020, @02:04AM (#947171)

      I can imagine a good success rate by bribing the local hookers, bartenders, and drug dealers.

      Oh, and since we are talking politicians specifically, check the genitals of the local livestock. ;-)