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Commercial Genealogy and DNA Testing Sites - 498/20

Date Responded 24 March 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1  Does your force use commercial genealogy/DNA testing platforms to cross-reference DNA samples collected from crime scenes and/or suspects against DNA data uploaded to these sites by members of the public?

a) If so, which commercial genealogy platforms does your force use for this purpose? Please provide the names of any sites.

b) In how many cases has your force used commercial genealogy/DNA testing platforms to cross-reference suspect DNA since April 2018?

c) Please can you provide a breakdown of the offence type for each case in which commercial genealogy/DNA testing platforms were used since April 2018.

d) In how many cases has the use of of such platforms led to a conviction since April 2018?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. Northumbria Police have not previously and do not currently use any commercial genealogy DNA tests.

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