Police force use of commercial genealogy databses

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Dear police force FOI officer,
Please can you tell me if you have submitted any samples to (1) GEDmatch and (2) Family Tree DNA, either independently or through a US genetic genealogy service such as Parabon or through the genealogists who worked on the Golden State Killer case. I would like this request considered under FOI rules. Please advise if the request's scope needs narrowing to make it deliverable.
Yours faithfully,
Adam Vaughan

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Mr Vaughan,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 19/02/276

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 15 February 2019. I
note you seek access, in summary, to information relating to:

 

Samples submitted to GEDmatch.

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides that a public
authority respond to an FOI request within 20 working days. Please be
aware that as well as experiencing very high request volumes, Kent Police
is currently in the process of transitioning to a new crime recording
database. This means that whilst we will endeavour to complete your
request as soon as possible it is likely that a response may well be
delayed, particularly where crime data is sought.

 

Your interest in Kent Police is appreciated and pending a specific
response to your request, I enclose a sheet, which summarises your rights.
Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact us via the following telephone numbers 01622 652610 quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Crittenden

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

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Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Mr Vaughan,

 

You made a Freedom of Information request to Kent Police on 15^th February
2019 regarding Samples submitted to GEDmatch.

 

We apologise that you have not received a response to your request.
Unfortunately Kent Police has seen a large increase in individuals making
requests under the FOIA recently, consequently this has led to delays in
response times.

 

In order to manage our workload it would assist us to know whether the
information you requested is still required. If the information is
required then please let us know and we will continue to progress your
request as soon as we can. If the information is not required then there
is no need to reply to this email, we will file your request after 40
working days.

 

Thank you,

 

Lakeisha Dowsey-Magog

Public Disclosure Assistant

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

This email and any other accompanying document(s) contain information from
Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent
replies, could be disclosable if relating to a criminal investigation or
civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
Police on 01622 690690 or Essex Police on 01245 491491, as appropriate.
For further information regarding Kent Police’s or Essex Police’s use of
personal data please go to
https://www.kent.police.uk/policy/privac... or
https://www.essex.police.uk/copyright-pr...