|72 year old former cop arrested in Golden State Killer case.|
According to the GEDmatch policy, any DNA profile that is uploaded to the site can be viewed, searched and compared by any other GEDmatch members. They also state "we cannot guarantee that your information will never be accessed by unintended means". There are options to have your DNA set to private, public, and research, however the company states that if you require absolute guaranteed security to these settings it is best to either delete your data, or not to upload the sample at all.
I think that this specific use of a genealogy website is ground breaking in the Golden State Killer case which laid cold for decades. However, it also presents the ethical dilemma of the police access to public and unwarranted DNA profile information. I think this topic is very prevalent in today's society, especially with the current fad of using sites like GEDmatch, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. I am curious to see how this evidence plays out in the courts for this case.