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Monday, May 20, 2024

DNA Drive Postponed Due to Privacy Concerns

The DNA submissions would be uploaded free of charge to a pair of genealogy databases, FamilyTree DNA and GEDmatch, where the data could help investigators...

(Headline USA) The public collection of DNA samples to help law enforcement solve crimes and identify human remains was postponed Saturday following objections of privacy advocates.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement that she postponed “DNA Drive Day” because of privacy concerns.

It was billed as the first such event in Massachusetts in which people could voluntarily submit DNA samples to aid law enforcement investigators.

DNA samples provided to genealogy databases already have helped law enforcement solve cold cases and resolve missing person cases.

Ryan said her office will work with the privacy advocates to resolve any concerns.

“We believe that the community will best be served by further conversation,” she said.

Saturday’s outdoor event at Newton City Hall would have allowed people to provide a sample to FamilyTree DNA.

The DNA submissions would be uploaded free of charge to a pair of genealogy databases, FamilyTree DNA and GEDmatch, where the data could help investigators, officials said.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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