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Major DNA Testing Company Is Now Sharing Your Genetic Data With FBI

The FBI might finally get to solve several cold cases but the new access to a private genealogy database is also causing concern.


Have you ever tried using a home-testing kit to trace your ancestry or locate your relatives? The Federal Bureau of Investigations probably already has your genetic data. A major DNA testing company has just confirmed that they are now sharing their vast genealogy database with the FBI.

Family Tree DNA is one of the largest private genetic testing companies that allows users to trace their own ancestry at the comfort of their own homes. The instant accessibility makes them a huge hit among curious consumers who then add their own genetic data to the company’s database. Because of their extensive genealogy database, the FBI has reached out to Family Tree DNA for access – and it has been granted.

The move could be groundbreaking in solving cold cases but is also causing concern.

The FBI has a good reason for using a genealogy database. After all, it can allow them to solve various cold cases. One major recent discovery using public genealogy database led to the capture of the Golden State Killer. However, they have a limited library of genetic data. By reaching out to a private firm like Family Tree DNA, they will have access to an almost unlimited database.

The Family Tree database is free to access and can be used by anyone with a DNA profile to upload. However, the thought of the FBI gaining access to all this information has several people worried.

“All in all, I feel violated, I feel they have violated my trust as a customer,” genetic genealogist Leah Larkin said. “I’ve got to decide whether I want to opt out of matching or delete my kits.”

The FBI still has a limited access to Family Tree DNA’s database.

Debbie Kent, a British genealogy enthusiast and honorary research associate at University College London, had a similar opinion about the matter.

“I would be very against Family Tree DNA allowing law enforcement to have open access to their DNA database. I don’t think it’s right for law enforcement to use a database without the informed consent of the consumer,” she said.

What do you think of Family Tree DNA giving FBI access to their private genealogy database? Let us know in the comments below.


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The customer, an unidentified man, took a video of one roll of the £2.50 tissue pack. The customer said on the video:

"Recently I bought toilet tissue from Marks & Spencer and when I opened one of them, it has the name of Allah, as you can see.

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Anti-Vaxxers Named Among ‘Top Global Health Threats’ by WHO

“Diseases that are almost unknown would stage a comeback” warned health officials.

People who are against vaccinations have become more than an annoyance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they are now considered among the top "threats to global health" in 2019.

WHO recently revealed a list of some of the world's top health threats and identified anti-vaccination as one of our serious problems. The agency declared that "vaccine hesitancy threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases."

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Canada Aiming To Welcome 1 Million Immigrants In The Next 3 Years

The country is planning to take in up to 370,000 new residents in 2021 alone.

Refugees who are looking for a new home might consider moving to Canada soon. The country has just confirmed that it is looking to welcome more than one million immigrants in the next three years.

Ahmed Hussen, Canada's immigration minister, has revealed in his 2018 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration that there are major plans in the coming years. According to Hussen, there are plans to admit as many as 1,080,000 new permanent residents from 2019 to 2021. The upper target for the third year will be 370,000.

Hussen, a former refugee, shared the plans to welcome more immigrants to Canada.

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