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Those hoping to learn about their ancestry and see how closely related they are to the Neanderthals are not the only ones interested in the DNA test sold 23andMe -. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies also

In a report published on Wednesday transparency, the launch of direct-to-consumer genetic testing showed that law enforcement officials have asked these five customers for nearly ten-year history of the company. . 23andMe said it was not reported in any of these cases

“We have successfully fought all these requests, and we will never give any information to law enforcement agencies,” said Keith Black – who became the first officer Privacy 23andme in February – In an interview with Buzzfeed News. “It’s something we’re really proud. I am personally dedicated to, that we should never give that information.”

The FBI says its national DNA registry of convicts and detainees, but 23andMe has more than 1 million DNA samples (the number may grow as the company introduces new tests related to health), many of which are not already part of the public registry. It is not difficult to understand why the law enforcement agencies will be interested in them.


Indeed, as Wired reported that earlier this year the director of New Orleans briefly became a suspect in a murder case on the basis of saliva father gave to the database, Fusion said today, also facing law enforcement data requests of customers, but it does not seem like a lot.

Privacy Policy 23andme warns customers that their information may be handed over to face trial, warrant, or similar legal or regulatory request. So CEO Anne Wojcicki 23andme co-founder in 2006, he received a total of four requests for five people: three from the public authorities, one of the FBI, working with a government agency. Only two of the requests were legally valid, Black said, adding that the requests, although small in number, have increased in the last few years.

One of the main lines of defense in 23andme data protection is that the person who order by mail home “spit” on the website does not necessarily set the one who represents the sample. Cops curious about DNA customer 23andMe – and if, say, it is the same pattern is found at the crime scene. – Therefore can not be sure that DNA actually refers to that person

“We do not authenticate who they are, and you can not monitor the supply chain to the saliva or saliva from any client, in particular, our database, “said Black, who oversees a team of four employees dedicated to privacy issues. “In these circumstances, evidence does not stand up in court.” She refused to discuss specific details of cases.

23andMe said it will update its transparency report every quarter.