Gedmatch, Major Change for Law Enforcement Matching

Terms of Service Change This morning the news went out in the genealogy community that Gedmatch has changed its terms of service and privacy policy. "EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ALL DNA KITS HAVE BEEN SET TO BE OPTED-OUT OF MATCHING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, WE WILL PROVIDE A MEANS FOR THE PERSON WHO… Continue reading Gedmatch, Major Change for Law Enforcement Matching

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NYTimes Article “Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder”

Today is DNA day, and DNA is in the news again.  This article from the New York Times looks back on the year since the Golden State Killer arrest was announced. Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder This article is a good overview of developments in the field. And… Continue reading NYTimes Article “Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder”

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Register to LiveStream 2019 NGS Conference Lectures

The NGS annual conference gathers some of the most talented genealogy lecturers for a wonderful educational experience.  As in recent years, the organizers are offering packages to stream a subset of the lectures online.  The packages include, either of two sets of five lectures or a set of ten.  Some people who attended the conference… Continue reading Register to LiveStream 2019 NGS Conference Lectures

FamilyTreeDNA Encouraging Transfers to Catch Criminals

Recently the genealogical community has been upset by FamilyTreeDNA changing its terms of service, without alerting its customers, to allow law enforcement searches.  The company is now encouraging transfers to its database to catch criminals. The Atlantic and other news outlets have been writing about this new strategy: A DNA Company Wants You to Help… Continue reading FamilyTreeDNA Encouraging Transfers to Catch Criminals

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New Opt-Out Option for FamilyTreeDNA Law Enforcement Matching

FamilyTreeDNA has made a detailed announcement about the option for customers to opt-out of law enforcement matching, which follows.  To see the option for a kit you manage, log in, click "Manage Personal Information," and click "Privacy & Sharing."  The default for individuals in the United States: Click the slider if you would like to… Continue reading New Opt-Out Option for FamilyTreeDNA Law Enforcement Matching

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