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Wednesday, June 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
A Warrant for Your DNA: What the Golden State Killer, Police, and Genetic Testing Services Share in Common

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The arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo Jr, a serial killer and rapist known as the Golden State Killer, sparked public debate after law enforcement revealed they tracked him using DNA that a distant relative of DeAngelo uploaded to an ancestry matching website. With the recent explosion of these genetic testing kits, a central policy discussion will revolve around the legal rights of users and tradeoffs between security and privacy. In other words, participants should expect to see engagement on what expectation of privacy do users have under the current legal framework, and how should that framework change going forward? Are potential gains in law enforcement effectiveness sufficient to trump privacy concerns? What safeguards ought to be in place? Technical questions also abound. Are these services a reliable resource for law enforcement in the first place? How might the accuracy and reliability of DNA matching services change in the near future? To answer these questions, this panel features perspectives from former law enforcement personnel, as well as legal and forensics experts.

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Amie Stepanovich

U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now
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Prasanth Sugathan

Legal Director, SFLC.in
Prasanth Sugathan is a lawyer and the Legal Director at SFLC.IN.

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
Oya 1 (Laico)