Law enforcement and home DNA tests

That simple take-at-home DNA test you received at Christmas, a birthday, or other celebrations isn’t as innocent as it would seem. While many people are excited to learn their ancestral history and migration patterns, that knowledge comes at a high price.

The results from take-at-home tests are entered into an ever-increasing database of information. You can’t “retract” your DNA once it’s been submitted. One would assume that these databases are private, but it turns out many databases are used by law enforcement to determine criminals.

Both GEDmatch and Family Tree DNA confirmed that they regularly allow law enforcement to use their databases—a combined total of 2.2 million profiles.

While this may not seem like a bad thing, there could be severe repercussions. Namely, there are no laws surrounding law enforcement’s use of these databases. When law enforcement can take every measure allowed by the courts, there is the potential for abuse of DNA information.

Police will inevitably begin to overstep and apply genetic genealogy not only to major crimes like rape and murder, but also to minor crimes like trespassing. Crime victims may not report because they fear DNA testing of them or their families. Reports are even surfacing of how criminals can manipulate DNA profiles to mislead police.

However, at DNA Paternity Testing, you can rest assured that your results are safe with us! We use extreme measures to keep your medical information secure, especially with our home kits. We train all our staff on all HIPAA compliance policies and ensuring that all tests and counseling remain confidential.

DNA Paternity Testing provides rock-solid answers to important questions like parentage and ancestry. With over 2,000 centers nationwide, DNA Paternity Testing Centers is one of the largest, most affordable, networks of accredited DNA testing labs in the United States. Our price is unbeatable without sacrificing quality. We offer DNA testing for paternity, maternity and all other relationships (grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles).

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