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GEDmatch reverses course

Law enforcement matching now opt-in only Informed consent is the essential underpinning of ethical DNA testing and results-sharing. All persons who test have the right to make their own individual choices about testing and about the uses to which their DNA results...

A good start by FTDNA

An opt-out system for police matching It’s never easy to step back, take a deep breath, and admit you’ve made a mistake. So The Legal Genealogist will give Family Tree DNA full credit for taking the first big move towards stepping up to the plate and doing...

The logical fallacy

In response to FTDNA The Legal Genealogist doesn’t usually write about DNA day after day. But I surely will when the issue remains hot — and there are reasons to do so. Today, there are two reasons to do so, both stemming from the disclosure late last week...

One little change

Enable us, Family Tree DNA! The furor over the unilateral decision of the genealogical DNA testing company Family Tree DNA to change its terms of service and open its customer database to law enforcement for use in criminal investigations comes down in the final...

Opening the DNA floodgates

FTDNA database now wide open to law enforcement The Legal Genealogist has long been one of the biggest fans of the DNA testing company, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), part of the Gene by Gene companies of Houston, Texas. A company established by genealogists for...

2018 top posts: overall

The overall winners of 2018 So, putting the top DNA posts of 2018 aside after last Sunday’s post, The Legal Genealogist continues the look back at this crazy tumultuous year with a review of the top posts overall from all of 2018. There are some interesting...

The end is near!

The final switchover in email systems If you, loyal reader of The Legal Genealogist, read this blog on the website, you can ignore today’s post. If you read it via an RSS reader like Feedly, you too can ignore this post. The only readers who need to read...

Seeing double

So I lied Some weeks ago, when The Legal Genealogist was struggling along with everybody else trying to figure out what had to be done to be as much in compliance as possible with a new European privacy rule known as the GDPR, these words appeared in this blog: “A...

Delivering the (e)mail…

Reconfirming your email subscription Readers of The Legal Genealogist who only see this blog when they come to the website or in their own feed reader, you can go ahead and go back to whatever you were doing. Today’s blog is not for you. Today’s blog is...