By Trey Rusk
DNA kits purchased by millions of Americans have been turning over their DNA samples and the identities of users to the FBI. Some people are surprised. They shouldn't be.
If the FBI is looking for a violent offender through DNA data bases, they can probably locate them even if the criminal hasn't submitted their own DNA. The FBI can be led to the culprit through a relative's DNA sample.
Example: Joe Blow the Psycho Killer has left his DNA profile at several crime scenes. The FBI looks into the data base and finds a near match. The near match is a relative who submitted a DNA sample to a private company to check their ancestry. The relative is contacted and through samples of other relatives and interviews the FBI is led by reliable DNA evidence to Joe Blow the Psycho Killer.
In 2017 a new law signed by President Trump requires law enforcement to forward DNA samples of arrestees to the FBI just like they have been doing with fingerprints. Only this process is easier.
I don't know why people are shocked to know their DNA was given to law enforcement. Aren't they aware that if they have a cell phone all of their movements are tracked and text messages stored. If interested, their conversations can be monitored with a FISA warrant.
The bottom line is that Americans have no privacy. Web searches, Facebook, Instagram and a host of other services that you agree to are all monitoring everything you do. You really don't even have to agree to anything. Banks, Hospitals and large corporations routinely announce breaches of their networks.
Most people don't have to worry about their DNA information because they aren't criminals. However, If you ever wondered if the FBI kept a file on you. The answer is probably.
So there are no more secrets. I've never known of a secret that could be kept anyway.
That's the way I see it.