Welcome back for another week of What’s Next, where we report on the intersection of law and technology. Today, we look at how the FBI’s use of an online genealogy research website has raised a host of concerns over DNA privacy, and what’s being done to address it. We also have an update on last week’s Q&A with Fenwick & West’s Mike Dicke since the SEC issued its securities guidelines mere hours after we sent the newsletter. We also have a look at the techie hiring trends in the legal field.

DNA Dilemmas

My fiancée watches a lot of the Investigation Discovery channel, so I’ve seen plenty about how DNA has opened up a whole new world of solving cold cases and finding justice. But in an increasingly privacy-conscious world, using DNA as evidence could have long-lasting ramifications—not just for individuals themselves, but for the family they share DNA with.