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    One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

    Now, under the previously undisclosed cooperation with Family Tree, the FBI has gained access to more than a million DNA profiles from the company, most of which were uploaded before the company’s customers had any knowledge of its relationship with the FBI.

    Despite the concerns over privacy, officials at Family Tree touted their work with the FBI.

    “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.

    Officials at Family Tree said customers could decide to opt out of any familial matching, which would prevent their profiles from being searchable by the FBI. But by doing so, customers would also be unable to use one of the key features of the service: finding possible relatives through DNA testing.
    One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

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    A friend of mine who is in law enforcement (investigator on the drug crime side of things) called this years ago when this service first came out. I remember him posting it on facebook "What do you think these companies are doing with your DNA after you voluntarily give it to them?"
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    I had been part of a couple of research studies, so my DNA was basically available to anyone in the medical field and, I would assume, law enforcement as well. The results have been very helpful to me with medical issues. So long as the results aren't allowed to be used to, for example, to deny health insurance (they can't be, under current law), I don't have a big problem with it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    I had been part of a couple of research studies, so my DNA was basically available to anyone in the medical field and, I would assume, law enforcement as well. The results have been very helpful to me with medical issues. So long as the results aren't allowed to be used to, for example, to deny health insurance (they can't be, under current law), I don't have a big problem with it...
    It is kinda creepy and should be prominently disclosed up front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NationalTitles17 View Post
    It is kinda creepy and should be prominently disclosed up front.
    My wife and I watch entirely too many shows on Netflix such as Blacklist etc. So our tinfoil hats and black helicopters paints me concerned regarding a service like this. But I agree, if this is what they are doing it should be disclosed in an obvious manner on the front end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamabuzzard View Post
    My wife and I watch entirely too many shows on Netflix such as Blacklist etc. So our tinfoil hats and black helicopters paints me concerned regarding a service like this. But I agree, if this is what they are doing it should be disclosed in an obvious manner on the front end.
    I have no problem with it if disclosed in an obvious manner up front. The FBI has used these databases to catch some bad guys. It could be used for nefarious purposes, though.
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    This is why I am more likely to trust a government than a corporation. The corporation has no responsibility other than to make profit. At least in theory the government works in service of all of us.
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    Re: One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by NationalTitles17 View Post
    It is kinda creepy and should be prominently disclosed up front.
    It may sound like splitting hairs, but the company says that it'll never sell or disclose any information except to law enforcement...
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    Re: One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by NationalTitles17 View Post
    I have no problem with it if disclosed in an obvious manner up front. The FBI has used these databases to catch some bad guys. It could be used for nefarious purposes, though.
    Now, under the previously undisclosed cooperation with Family Tree, the FBI has gained access to more than a million DNA profiles from the company, most of which were uploaded before the company’s customers had any knowledge of its relationship with the FBI.
    This is nefarious enough for me.

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    It may sound like splitting hairs, but the company says that it'll never sell or disclose any information except to law enforcement...
    The difference to me is whether they do so because they have to because of a warrant or court order regarding a specific person, or if they just go ahead and make it available for a fishing expedition.
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    Re: One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    It may sound like splitting hairs, but the company says that it'll never sell or disclose any information except to law enforcement...
    Until the executives really need to make a good quarterly report and they start selling it to our insurers or whatever.
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    Re: One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by rgw View Post
    This is why I am more likely to trust a government than a corporation. The corporation has no responsibility other than to make profit. At least in theory the government works in service of all of us.
    Yes and what a great job it does.

    (I assume that's the reason you prefaced it with "In theory")


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    Re: One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by rgw View Post
    This is why I am more likely to trust a government than a corporation. The corporation has no responsibility other than to make profit. At least in theory the government works in service of all of us.
    Color me confused. They disclosed to the government, whom you trust, but that action makes you not trust the company. Okie dokie.
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    Re: One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by rgw View Post
    This is why I am more likely to trust a government than a corporation. The corporation has no responsibility other than to make profit. At least in theory the government works in service of all of us.
    this is one of the main reasons i am completely against corporations running schools and prisons.
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