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posticon Editorial - Who Is Using Your DNA?

Opinions | Friday, August 23, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Yesterday the Wall Street Journal had a story about how DNA samples are being shared with law enforcement and other companies by companies that make DNA testing kits.  The article chronicles how FamilyTreeDNA allowed the FBI to useDNA data to solve particularly hideous crimes, including a rape investigation that led to the so-called Golden State Killer.  The report also tells of a Web site called GEDmatch, on which people can upload their DNA results they obtained from commercial companies to see if they can find relatives, saying the site's terms of service allows law enforcement to use the data as well.

In an age where there is no expectation of privacy -- as people blithely share the intimate details of their life on social media and when cameras are everywhere, and peoople even trust their DNA to the US Mail -- the article probably doesn't come as much of a surprise.  More and more people are giving away their most personal information that companies make a profit on with impunity.  All they need is a line or two that nobody reads in their terms of service, and they are free to see you to the world.  That's why those annoying ads seem to follow you everywhere you go in the Internet.

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posticon Thoughts - Utility Tax Funding ithaca Schools?

Opinions | Friday, August 23, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts It seems the local 'elected representatives' are at it again, this time the Ithaca City School Board are the culprits.

If you haven't heard, they have found a new way to potentially burrow into your wallet and bank account. According to usually reputable sources, the ICSD board is considering raising a new and stupendous amount of cash by placing a three per cent 'sales tax' on your utility bill. Not just your ever-burgeoning electric bill, by the way. All utilities, including telephone, cable and natural gas, as a utility is defined. Yes, the Ithaca City School district now wants to add a 3% tax on your home heating and utility bills in addition to taxing your phone bill (not just landline, apparently) to cover their butts, oops, I mean their budget (also known as the hungry caterpillar).

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posticon Letters - Marina at Myers Point

Opinions | Friday, August 23, 2019 | By Louise Bement Print
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mailmanThey say that this point is the best area on the lake to sail out of. We found it to be so. There is almost always wind and room to tack about.

Louise Bement
Lansing, NY
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