Warrants Gives Access to Entire Consumer DNA Database

From NYTimes:

A Florida judge approved a broad warrant that allowed law enforcement full, nonspecific access to the entire DNA database of GEDmatch, despite explicit opt-out by the users.

Last week, however, a Florida detective announced at a police convention that he had obtained a warrant to penetrate GEDmatch and search its full database of nearly one million users. Legal experts said that this appeared to be the first time a judge had approved such a warrant, and that the development could have profound implications for genetic privacy.


Consumer-facing DNA mapping services are not protected by health data privacy laws (e.g. HIPAA) in the United States.

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