High percentage of people can be tracked through DNA databases, study finds


    A new study finds about 60 percent of Americans of European descent can be identified using consumer genetic databases. (Photo: KUTV)

    (KUTV) — A new study finds about 60 percent of Americans of European descent can be identified using consumer genetic databases.

    A new study finds about 60 percent of Americans of European descent can be identified using consumer genetic databases. (Photo: KUTV)

    That's even if they've never undergone DNA testing themselves, because people can be identified via distant relatives.

    A new study finds about 60 percent of Americans of European descent can be identified using consumer genetic databases. (Photo: KUTV)

    Police have been using these types of public databases to track down criminals, like the high-profile Golden State Killer in California and also a man who allegedly shot a 25-year-old University of Central Florida student way back in 2001.

    A new study finds about 60 percent of Americans of European descent can be identified using consumer genetic databases. (Photo: KUTV)

    In both of those cases, the breaks came from public DNA databases — not from any of the companies that promise to keep their data private.

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