– Law professor Elizabeth Joh
“Guilt by association” has new connotations in the age of technology.
All those interesting, genealogical searches that allow you to trace your family tree through a DNA sample can now be used against you and your loved ones.
As of 2019, more on 26 million people have added their DNA to genealogy databases. It is estimated that the databases will top 100 million profiles within the year, thanks to aggressive marketing by companies such as Ancestry and 23andMe.
It’s an enticing suggestion: give a mega-corporation a spit sample or a cheek swab, and instead, you’ll find out all about who you are, where you’re from, and who’s part as you expect your family.
The possibilities are endless.
You may be the fourth cousin previously deposed by Queen Elizabeth II of England. Or the illegitimate grandson of an oil tycoon. Or the brother of a serial killer.
Even if it is not known, by submitting your DNA to a pedigree database, you give the police access to genetic makeup, relationships and health profiles of each relative—Past, present and future – to your family, even if they don’t agree to be part of a database. – READ MORE
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