GEDmatch confirms data breach after users’ DNA profile data made available to police
Posted July 22, 2020
- GEDmatch, the DNA analysis site that police used to catch the so-called Golden State Killer, was pulled briefly offline on Sunday while its parent company investigated how its users’ DNA profile data apparently became available to law enforcement searches.
- GEDmatch issued a privacy warning to its users and put in new controls to allow users to opt-in for their DNA to be included in police searches.
- But users reported Sunday that those settings had changed without their permission, and that their DNA profiles were made available to law enforcement searches.
– Zack Whittaker | July 22, 2020