This article discusses recent examples of U.S. police accessing private databases of DNA records, meaning non-governmental/non-police databases, such as those maintained by academics for research, by healthcare professionals for medical treatment, or by private companies for genealogy. The long-unsolved case of the so-called Golden State Killer, for example, was recently closed based on police investigation into databases of family/genealogical databases.
These types of investigations call to mind Erin Murphy’s research on the limits of DNA evidence -- and the dangers of police having over-confidence in evidence when only a partial or familial match is identified.
You Can't Hide Your Genes [link to article]
"But these kinds of searches run counter to important principles of medical ethics and criminal justice. Effective health care and advances in research depend on maintaining public trust in the security and privacy of genetic data. Making clinical and research biobanks accessible to law enforcement searches radically alters the risk-benefit calculus that supports clinical and research endeavors. Indeed, strong protections against unwarranted government searches may be essential to ensure that citizen support for and participation in genetic research a