Police Can Now Get Your DNA From 23andMe, Ancestry

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why, the Feds are gonna get your DNA.

They’re sacking the records…of Ancestry, gonna go to 23andme.

Everyone together now! The Feds are gonna get your DNA.

Big Brother sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve submitted your hair, so be good for goodness sake.

It’s a remake…you’ve never heard it?

No matter how nostalgic I try and make this act sound, it is just downright awful. Terrifying… The idea that the government can get your DNA just like that. What could possibly go wrong here?

According to Action News:

Millions of people have handed their DNA over to genetic testing companies like Ancestry or 23andMe to learn more about their family trees.

But when you ship off your saliva, law enforcement could have access to your DNA.

Police could use genetic information it gets from those companies to identify you in a criminal investigation, even if you’ve never used one of those services.

Jacksonville resident Eric Yarham wanted to learn more about his family tree, so he mailed off his saliva to 23andMe.

“Just trying to unravel the mystery that is your genetics,” said Yarham, who lives in the Riverside area. “That lingering 0.3 percent is sub-Saharan African. So that’s swimming around in my DNA.” Yarham had no idea police could request his genetic information.

Both 23andMe and Ancestry confirm your genetic information could be disclosed to law enforcement if they have a warrant.

Action News Jax asked 23andMe Privacy Officer Kate Black whether the company notifies customers about that possibility before they mail in their DNA. “We try to make information available on the website in various forms, so through Frequently Asked Questions, through information in our privacy center,” Black said.

According to the company’s self-reported data, law enforcement has requested information for five American 23andMe customers.

So far, the company reports it has not turned over any information.

But Black said she wouldn’t entirely rule it out in the future.“We would always review a request and take it on a case-by-case basis,” Black said.

Ancestry self-reports that it complied with a 2014 search warrant to identify a customer based on a DNA sample.

That is too bad for Ancestry and 23andme. These businesses who used to be associated with understanding more about your history and your family’s history are now stained with the mark of Big Brother.

Ancestry might as well serve as a data base for the Federal Government.

If the cops have a warrant, why would they even go to these companies? Why wouldn’t they simply get the DNA off of the suspect in question?

That makes more sense to me.

If Apple isn’t required to tap into a terrorist’s phone (the San Bernardino shooters) and access vital information, why on Earth should Ancestry or 23andme turn over the DNA of someone suspected of a crime?

Is Apple wrong? Is Ancestry wrong? Is the Federal Government wrong?

What should this look like and who must we hold accountable here?

Surely the government cannot just barge into any privately-owned business establishment and take whatever they darn well please.

Can anyone else see why this could be problematic, or am I alone here?