To Catch a Killer: How Genealogy Websites are Revolutionizing Crime Investigations

Dr. Amy McGuire (320x240)
Dr. Amy McGuire

In 2018, after more than 40 years of searching, law enforcement finally identified a suspect in the Golden State Killer case. Jopeph DeAngelo, an ex-police officer, was accused of committing at least a dozen murders, more than 50 rapes and hundreds of armed robberies in the 1970s and 1980s. He was finally apprehended after the FBI matched DNA left at the crime scenes to DNA that individuals uploaded to genetic genealogy databases in an effort to identify new genetic relatives. Over the past year, about a hundred cold cases have been solved using similar investigative strategies. However, critics argue that investigative genetic genealogy violates the privacy of direct-to-consumer genetic testing customers and their genetic relatives. Some scholars worry that this will have a negative impact on data sharing in research and clinical care. During this session, we will explore the ethical, legal and social implications of law enforcement access to DNA data collected and shared for non-forensic purposes and how best to balance competing interests in promoting public trust and protecting public safety

Feb. 11, 2020
11 a.m. registration, 11:30 lunch. 

The Briar Club
2603 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027

Cost: Tickets are $50 per person

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