Briefing

    One of the biggest at-home DNA testing companies is working with the FBI

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    Family Tree DNA, whose home-testing kits allow people to trace their genealogy and find relatives, is allowing FBI agents to search its database to solve violent crime cases.  Family Tree has more than one million users’ DNA, much of which was uploaded before customers were informed of the agreement. The FBI won’t be able to freely browse the database—it will be given information that all normal users can access on a case-by-case basis; the company requires a court order to get any additional info. The FBI is also allowed to upload DNA samples of suspects in order to find their relatives. Customers can opt out of the process, though they also wouldn’t be able to track down their own relatives. (BuzzFeed News)

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