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.

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

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.

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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