An opt-out system for police matching It’s never easy to step back, take a deep breath, and admit you’ve made a mistake. So The Legal Genealogist… 1,400 more words
It’s important to note as Judy mentioned, when you opt-in the system automatically opts-in to Law Enforcement. I noticed the issue when I opted-in.
So if you opt in to matching at all, you are automatically opting in to law enforcement matching. This is suggested by the consent form presented at sign-up, but really isn’t all that clear.
I agree FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) has a ways to go before they are off the hook. I have seen too many bad, corrupt, incompetent, lazy, apathetic, and/or overzealous law enforcement and prosecutors to be comfortable with the current rules in place at FTDNA and GEDmatch. At best, law enforcement should need a court order before using any site AND they should NOT be allowed to do “fishing expeditions.”
I know many people have no problem with law enforcement doing what they are doing, but those individuals have not stopped and considered the consequences of why it’s a bad idea. All it takes is for the first law enforcement or prosecutor who is bad, corrupt, incompetent, lazy, apathetic, and/or overzealous and goes after a person who is innocent of whatever crime the law enforcement or prosecutor believes the person committed to understand why this is a bad idea. I don’t expect we will have to wait too long before this happens.
There’s a famous quote that talks about those who give up freedom for security wind up losing both.