Keisha Ray quoted in Wired

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
September 7, 2022

A recent Wired story discusses a law enforcement project to identify victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre using descendants’ DNA. Keisha Ray, PhD, is quoted regarding concerns about data collection among racialized minorities or people of color, noting past trust issues. As part of the project, people are being asked to upload their genetic data to a free genealogy website that is open-use and can be used by law enforcement. Unlike companies with proprietary genealogy software that is not publicly accessible, some are concerned that sharing genetic data on the site can put relatives, even unborn descendants, at risk for privacy breaches.