Horseshoes and Hand Grenades — The DNA Geek

Almost. Family Tree DNA almost got it right. In late January 2019, we learned that FTDNA had quietly changed their Terms of Service at least a month before without notifying their customers. The December ToS allowed any law enforcement agent, anywhere in the world, without a search warrant, into the database for a wide range […]

via Horseshoes and Hand Grenades — The DNA Geek.

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I thought this was important enough to schedule outside my regular posting times.

I would add Nuclear explosions as those can miss and still achieve their objectives.

I expect somebody at some point will sue FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) as well as GEDmatch and any other company that allows law enforcement access to their customers’ DNA without going through the proper channels that are required by the U. S. and many state Constitutions. That’s not counting jurisdictions where “fishing expeditions” like this aren’t allowed.

How long before a court throws out a conviction that was achieved as a result of a DNA company or website allowing law enforcement to do an end-run around the Constitution?

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2 Responses to Horseshoes and Hand Grenades — The DNA Geek

  1. Pingback: My Take on FamilyTree DNA and GEDmatch Law Enforcement Policies | Ups and Downs of Family History V2.0

  2. Pingback: GEDmatch Updates Terms of Service – May 18, 2019 | Ups and Downs of Family History V2.0

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