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November 20, 2017

Can police legally obtain your DNA from 23andMe, Ancestry?

  • Industry
  • Genetics/Genomics

Statesman – The DNA you send in the mail through genetics kits and genealogy programs like 23andMe and Ancestry can be used by police in a criminal investigation, but it doesn’t happen very often.

More than 1.2 million customers have sent their saliva to 23andMe to learn about their own genetics, though not everyone is aware that police can potentially have access to 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,” 23andMe privacy officer Kate Black told Action News Jax Thursday.

Read more at Statesman.

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