Privacy and genetic genealogy data

  title={Privacy and genetic genealogy data},
  author={Ellen M. Greytak and David H. Kaye and Bruce Budowle and CeCe Moore and Steve Armentrout},
  pages={857 - 857}
This letter enumerates three major factors that make trawling DNA databases designed for genealogical research to identify individuals who may have left DNA traces at crime-scenes less invasive of legitimate privacy interests than one might assume. 
Commercial DNA tests and police investigations: a broad bioethical perspective
It is argued that an individual-based model has significant limitations in an IGG context, and is concluded that IGG should not only be approached as an individual but also—and perhaps primarily—as a collective issue.
Review of policies of companies and databases regarding access to customers' genealogy data for law enforcement purposes.
Although all companies and databases included in the study provide at least some provisions about police access, there is an ongoing debate over the ethics of these practices, and how to balance users' privacy with law enforcement requests.
Attacks on genetic privacy via uploads to genealogical databases
Methods by which an adversary can learn database genotypes by uploading multiple datasets are described, and countermeasures that will prevent the exploits are suggested.
Attacks on genetic privacy via uploads to genealogical databases
Several methods by which an adversary who wants to learn the genotypes of people in the database can do so by uploading multiple datasets are described, and simple-to-implement suggestions that will prevent the exploits are provided.
Forensic investigation approaches of searching relatives in DNA databases
This paper describes and compares several indirect database searching approaches in terms of genotyping technologies, searching methods, database structures, searching efficiency, data quality, data security, and costs, and raises some potential privacy and legal considerations for further discussion by stakeholders and scientists.
Developments in forensic DNA analysis
  • P. Haddrill
  • Biology
    Emerging topics in life sciences
  • 2021
Some of the most important recent advances in the field are reviewed, including the application of massively parallel sequencing to the analysis of STRs and other marker types, advancements in DNA mixture interpretation, particularly the use of probabilistic genotyping methods, the profiling of different RNA types for the identification of body fluids, and the interrogation of SNP markers for predicting forensically relevant phenotypes.


Is It Ethical to Use Genealogy Data to Solve Crimes?
Ethics discussions should include 3 interrelated topics: informed consent, privacy, and justice, and it is important for users of online genealogy services to be alerted to the possibility of their data being used in criminal investigations.
Relative Doubt: Familial Searches of DNA Databases
The continued growth of forensic DNA databases has brought about greater interest in a search method known as “familial” or “kinship” matching. Whereas a typical database search seeks the source of a
Fortuity and Forensic Familial Identification
On July 7, 2010, Los Angeles police announced the arrest of a suspect in the Grim Sleeper murders, so called because of a decade-long hiatus in killings. The break in the case came when California
Policy implications for familial searching
The approaches used to narrow a suspect pool from a partial match search of CODIS are described and the economic, ethical, logistical and political challenges of implementing familial searching are summarized.