Golden State Killer: Use of ancestry website to catch suspected serial murderer prompts privacy worries
The technique combines brand new technology with old evidence
The technique used to catch the infamous Golden State Killer could have chilling consequences for users of a growing kind of website.
In recent days, investigators have revealed how they used an ancestry website to find a man they say is the man who tortured, raped and killed numerous people over a long period in California. They have described the technique as groundbreaking, and detailed how it relied on the latest technology and data.
But many say the technique raises worrying legal and privacy concerns about what happens to our DNA data once it is submitted to such sites. Genealogy companies are flourishing, offering ways for people to find out who they are related to and where their family may come from – and with that has come a whole raft of valuable data..
The data collected by such sites is arguably the most personal there could possible be, offering a picture of the unique make-up of our body. But it is being s..