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Major DNA Testing Company Sharing Genetic Data With the FBI

  • FamilyTreeDNA has been voluntarily handing over customer data
  • The amount of data law enforcement can access has doubled
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The decision by a prominent consumer DNA-testing company to share data with federal law enforcement means investigators have access to genetic information linked to hundreds of millions of people.

FamilyTreeDNA, an early pioneer of the rapidly growing market for consumer genetic testing, confirmed late Thursday that it has granted the Federal Bureau of Investigation access to its vast trove of nearly 2 million genetic profiles. The arrangement was first reported by BuzzFeed News.