Golden State Killer DNA Concerns

Golden state killers case creates concerns.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 5:38 AM

The suspected Golden Sate Killer is behind bars, but could the new method investigators used to catch him are raising concerns.

Investigators on the Golden State Killer case used DNA from the California crime scene, turning them in to geanology data bases.

"The DNA was put into genealogy databases - public databases - that we would typically use to track our family members," Greg Totten, District Arrorney of Ventura County, California, stated.

GED match is the site investigators used to find DNA from a relative of the suspect.

The site says they do not sell customers data but their policy clearly states: "While the results presented on this site are intended solely for genealogical research, we are unable to guarantee that users will not find other uses."

But the questions consumers have...are there risk in submitting DNA to a database?

Arthur Caplan, Director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University's School of Medicine, says that "sensitive information about risk of disease that is captured in your DNA can get out to your employer, get out to insurers."

Sites like 23 and Me or Ancestry DNA received millions of generic samples and share them with third parties.

Both companies say they do not share people' identity’s but in the wake of this investigation, many are skeptical.

Right now only twelve states use familial DNA as an investigative tool. Some states do not allow data to be retained by a third party.

Consumers can choose whether to close thier personal accounts from these genetic companies. 

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