Here’s How The FBI Gets Your DNA Whether You Know It Or Not
Here’s How The FBI Gets Your DNA Whether You Know It Or Not by: Daniel Jennings for Off the Grid News
One way or another, the FBI gets your DNA from genetics companies. In fact, genetic testing companies oftentimes provide DNA samples directly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
For example, FamilyTreeDNA is apologizing for sharing customers’ DNA sampleswith the FBI, The New York Times reports. Specifically, FBI agents have secret access to FamilyTreeDNA customers’ genetic information.
Consequently, the FBI can compare FamilyTreeDNA customers’ DNA samples to samples from criminals and evidence from crime scenes. A FamilyTreeDNA customer could even face arrest, conviction, and prison because of the company’s deal with the FBI.
How The FBI Gets Your DNA Without A Warrant
According to The American Conservative, FamilyTreeDNA also has a secret deal with the FBI. In particular, the agreement gives the Bureau access to DNA samples that citizens send to FamilyTreeDNA without a warrant. Moreover, the FBI could share these DNA samples with other law enforcement agencies.
In addition, the FBI could share FamilyTreeDNA genetic samples with foreign law enforcement agencies such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or Scotland Yard. Furthermore, hackers could conceivably break into the FBI’s computers and steal DNA data from the Bureau.
However, FamilyTreeDNA president Bennett Greenspan maintains that sharing data with the FBI without a warrant is a prudent idea. Greenspan somehow apologizes for the practice and yet defends it at the same time in statements to The Times.
For instance, Greenspan says he believes the FBI deal is “an opportunity for honest, law-abiding citizens to help catch bad guys and bring closure to devastated families.”
The FBI Gets Your DNA But Is It Constitutional?
On the other hand, neither Greenspan nor The Times mention the 4th Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. Additionally, there are no court rulings on the constitutionality of DNA samples which police obtain from genetic testing companies.