GEDmatch confirms data breach after users’ DNA profile data made available to police

GEDmatch confirms data breach after users’ DNA profile data made available to police

Posted July 22, 2020

GEDmatch confirms data breach after users’ DNA profile data made available to police

  • 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