Maryland Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Ban Police Use Of Dna Databases

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - Genealogy websites are a popular way for people to find out about their past, but DNA databases associated with those sites have also become a tool for law enforcement. Now, a Maryland lawmaker wants to ban police from accessing that information.

Del. Charles Sydnor (D-Baltimore) says it's an overreach and even a violation of the U.S. Constitution for police to track people this way.

"I may want to perform a DNA search on Ancestry.com, but I don't think that should subject my children and their children and their children's children to a state search," said Sydnor.

FOX 5 also spoke to a Maryland woman who says her alleged attacker, a serial rapist who eluded police for more than a decade, would never have been caught if a law like this existed.

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