Utah is the model for a new age of digital privacy

in Local Roundup

Over the past several years, online DNA testing has exploded as millions of Americans seek to learn more about their origins or locate relatives. My sister sure appreciated receiving one of these kits as a Christmas gift last year. In submitting samples to companies like Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and FamilyTreeDNA, they open themselves up to unearthing family secrets.

But should they also unwittingly forfeit their constitutional protection against unreasonable searches? My home state of Utah says no.

Long a bastion of genealogical study — Ancestry.com is based in Lehi — the Beehive State is now a bulwark of digital privacy and a model for the rest of the country to emulate.

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