So you upload some genetic information, hoping to find relatives. Instead, the police use what you’ve uploaded to help find a killer. Do you have any grounds to scream “privacy violation?”
And if you think you do, what about all those thousands of posts you’ve read by now about no expectation of privacy in public, and privacy policies, blahblahblah. And what will GDPR do to all this anyway, right?
It’s a mess, I think. I’d love to go sit and listen to a panel of experts debate some of the issues these cases raise.
In the meantime, you may find this article from the New York Times, The Cold Case That Inspired the ‘Golden State Killer’ Detective to Try Genealogy, very interesting.