The choice that really isn’t — The Legal Genealogist

GEDmatch opt out is an illusion Dealing with privacy issues when it comes to DNA databases created for genealogical purposes is like trying to nail jello to a tree. 1,072 more words

via The choice that really isn’t — The Legal Genealogist.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “The choice that really isn’t,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 22 May 2019).

After reading this post, I changed my Public opt-out kit to Research only as I find this a disturbing revelation. I have also seen some claim it’s not smoke and mirrors, but I trust Judy G. Russell’s assessment as her legal background is extensive.

Only time will tell how this is going to play out as I am confident that one or more people who have been arrested through the use of GEDmatch, FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA), and other companies will challenge the arrests. It may take a while before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) hears a case, but at some point, it will be heard. Hard to say how they will rule as I have seen them rule both ways in numerous other cases. I am not a fan of ignoring our Constitution to make arrests.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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