Month: May 2018

The Ethics Behind Using Genealogy Websites to Find Crime Suspects

In April, the Golden State Killer, a former police officer responsible for a spate of rapes and murders in the 1970s and 1980s, was finally arrested – thanks to a genealogy website. Armed with the killer’s DNA from various crime…

Should law enforcement be able to use DNA data from genealogy websites for criminal investigations?

Have you used or would you like to use a genealogy website like GEDmatch, Ancestry.com or 23andMe? How concerned are you about privacy issues and sharing your DNA data online? In “The Golden State Killer Is Tracked Through a Thicket…

Detectives Submit Zodiac Killer DNA to Genealogy Websites

Zodiac killer sketch. Photo: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images Just a day after Sacramento Police arrested the man they believe to be the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, detectives…

Fourth Amendment Privacy Rights on Genealogy Websites

GRANTS PASS, Oregon. – We now know that a genealogy website was used to help capture the alleged Golden State killer. He is accused of murdering at least a dozen people and raping 50. GEDmatch is a website where you…