Security And Privacy Experts On Controversial Court Ruling Allows Police To Plunder DNA Database For Investigations

A judge has approved a warrant for law enforcement to access the database of DNA profiler GEDmatch, a landmark ruling which may have serious privacy implications.

DNA matches could provide the answers to criminal investigations gone cold; however, the question of whether the police should have access to the extremely sensitive DNA information of the masses in the quest for the few has raised a series of ethical and privacy complications.

Commenting on the ruling are the following security professionals:


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
November 11, 2019
Microsoft, and others, companies should only release information upon receiving a valid legal request.
This case can prove to be a double-edged sword. On one hand, having access to DNA data can be very beneficial, on the other hand, this does not bode well from a privacy perspective. This is one of those issues which does not sit as black or white, but rather considered from a risk perspective. Much like how major tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and others, companies should only release in ....
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Paul Bischoff, Privacy Advocate,  Comparitech
November 11, 2019
The US needs a law like HIPAA to prevent all genetic databases from becoming police databases.
Genetic data is woefully under-protected by US privacy laws like HIPAA. HIPAA only applies to healthcare entities like hospitals, insurers, and pharmacies. GINA prevents discrimination based on genetic information but doesn't protect privacy. Ancestry, 23andMe, and GEDmatch aren't covered by HIPAA. The US needs a law like HIPAA to prevent all genetic databases from becoming police databases. Peopl ....
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Brian Higgins, Security Specialist,  Comparitech.com
November 08, 2019
Law Enforcement must make a very strong case for the granting of Warrants by the UK Judiciary.
It might be reassuring for those using similar services in the UK to know that it would be highly unlikely that similar access would be granted here. Law Enforcement must make a very strong case for the granting of Warrants by the UK Judiciary. In cases such as these they must be able to justify necessity, proportionality and also satisfy the Court that they have sufficient processes in place to m ....
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