New owner of genealogy website GEDmatch vows to protect users from search warrants – ABC7 News December 12, 2019

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I found this in my regular DNA search – New owner of genealogy website GEDmatch vows to protect users from search warrants:


The new owners of GEDmatch, a third-party genealogy site that’s helped investigators crack cases using DNA, have vowed to protect users’ privacy by fighting against police search warrants.

Verogen, Inc., the California-based forensic genomics company that recently bought GEDmatch, announced this week that it would ensure ongoing privacy protections remain in place.

In May, GEDmatch announced a change to its policy that would require participants to upload their personal DNA to the database and manually “opt in” if they wanted law enforcement to have access to their information. Before, users were opted in automatically.

The terms of service will not change, with respect to the use, purposes and processing of user data, Verogen CEO Brett Williams said in a statement.

The database currently has more than 1.3 million customer profiles, according to Verogen.


ABC News’ Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.



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