Coming soon: everyone’s genetic anonymity undermined by distant relatives – and there’s nothing you can do about it

Earlier this year, Privacy News Online wrote about how long-standing linked but unsolved murder cases were resolved by checking genetic material found at some of the crime scenes against online DNA-based genealogy sites. The partial matches with others on the database indicated that they were relatives of the murderer. By drawing up a family tree … Continue reading “Coming soon: everyone’s genetic anonymity undermined by distant relatives – and there’s nothing you can do about it”

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  • Sep 29, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Police routinely misuse state and federal databases to stalk romantic interests, business partners, family, and even each other

New research put out by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed systemic police misuse of access to confidential and private information. The AP sent FOIA requests to police departments across the United States to find out about police misuse of state and federal databases and released a report with the findings earlier this week. Police in jurisdictions across … Continue reading “Police routinely misuse state and federal databases to stalk romantic interests, business partners, family, and even each other”

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