GEDmatch Breach Update – July 20, 2020

Updated July 21, 2020 – after I was home, I saw GEDmatch posted on Facebook that it was a security breach and I posted this tomorrow – GEDmatch security breach — The Legal Genealogist (citation included below).

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “GEDmatch security breach,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 21 July 2020).

I am not sure what happened with GEDmatch – earlier post: GEDmatch Goes Haywire — The DNA Geek – July 19, 2020. They claim the site wasn’t hacked although the lack of transparency from Verogen is disturbing to say the least and has been from the beginning once the company acquired GEDmatch. I see GEDmatch still has opt-in to Law Enforcement as the default option. Personally, I have issues with any company controlling GEDmatch that has close ties with law enforcement.

Here are two more articles on the topic – Cruwys News and TechCrunch:

A good point made by TechCrunch:

Gedmatch does not publish how frequently law enforcement seeks access to the company’s data. Its rivals, like 23andMe and, have already published these so-called transparency reports. Earlier this year revealed that it rejected an out-of-state police warrant, indicating that police continue are still using DNA profiling and analysis sites for information.




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