March 13, 2024 - 6:00am PDT to March 14, 2024 - 12:00pm PDT
Washington, D.C.

The National Academies (not EFF) will host this event. EFF's Jennifer Lynch will participate.

Setting the Stage: Considering Ethics, Equity, and Accountability

  • How are probabilistic genotyping, facial predictions, and genetic genealogy being used by law enforcement across federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial actors?
  • How reliable and accurate are these methods in practice?
  • What are the relevant legal considerations and precedents that accompany these new technologies?
  • What are the disparate impact concerns raised by these technologies or their manner of use?
  • What considerations (e.g., accuracy of these technologies, including underlying issues of sensitivity and specificity; privacy, civil rights, civil liberties; and disparate impact) need to be assessed in implementing these technologies and the use of genetic material by law enforcement?
  • What are institutional considerations for operations and procedures to ensure that these technologies are being used effectively and equitably?


March 13, 2024, 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PT)
March 14, 2024, 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PT)


In Person & Online

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20418



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From National Academies

Please join us for a two-day public workshop exploring law enfor. cement use of probabilistic genotyping, forensic DNA phenotyping, and forensic investigative genetic genealogy technologies.

Presentations will explore how these technologies are currently being used by law enforcement, their accuracy and reliability, and key considerations around their application including: issues of disparate impact, civil rights, civil liberties, and other legal considerations and precedents. Speakers will also address institutional procedures to ensure that technologies are used effectively and equitably.

About the Speaker:

Jennifer Lynch is EFF's General Counsel. Through this role, she advises EFF on matters related to 501(c)(3) status, employment, contracts, lobbying, immigration, IP, defamation, and just about any other legal issue that might arise for the leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation. She also serves as Secretary to EFF's Board of Directors.

Before becoming GC, Jennifer was EFF's Surveillance Litigation Director and led the organization's legal work challenging government abuse of search and seizure technologies through litigation in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Jennifer also founded EFF's Street Level Surveillance Project, which informs advocates, defense attorneys, and decisionmakers about new police tools.

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This event is organized not by EFF, but by The National Academies.