- DURATION 60 mins
More than 30 million direct-to-consumer DNA tests have been sold across the world. People want to spread their genealogy research across a number of DNA testing or data merging sites, such as GEDmatch, to increase the likelihood of finding living relatives or more ancestors. Data available in GEDmatch can often identify a 3rd cousin or closer in 90% of the population. An unexpected use of the data from DNA testing is that some information has been accessed by other unknown parties. The practice of law enforcement uploading DNA from a crime scene, and subsequently utilising online trees and DNA, emerged during the case of the ‘Golden State killer.’ We will also discuss some of the arising ethical dilemmas of the super-sleuthing involved, the potential for outside agencies to increasingly access your tree, and the implications of the broader uses of DNA data. Do the ends justify the means?
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Meet the Host, Dr Penny Walters
Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 35 years, currently teaching Masters’ Business studies at Bath Spa University, England, and previously Psychology and Ethics. Penny's interest in genealogy started after having her first baby and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. Penny has six mixed race children, who have all enjoyed discovering their roots through DNA ethnicity results. Penny lectures internationally in-person, writes articles, and is sought after for a wide range of webinar topics. Penny has authored the books: 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy' (2019) and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (2020), available on Amazon in paperback or on kindle www.searchmypast.co.uk
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