Should the Use of Genetic Genealogy Be Restricted in Forensic Investigations?
Maryland and Montana will soon become the first states in the nation to restrict law enforcement’s use of genetic genealogy. In Maryland, investigators will need approval from a judge before using genetic genealogy, and Montana’s law will require investigators to obtain a search warrant before using a consumer DNA database, unless a consumer has waived the right to privacy. While some privacy advocates say that police should not have access to markers of sensitive health information through this channel, others worry that these regulations could interfere with solving crimes.
Privacy advocates are applauding new laws that restrict law enforcement’s use of genetic genealogy. However, others worry restrictions will impede investigations. Are you for or against limiting the use of genetic genealogy in criminal investigations?
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