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Canada’s use of DNA and ancestry sites in detainees’ deportation cases problematic, lawyers say

Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ 12:58 PM | By Terry Davidson

Canadian border officials are using “coercion” to get detainees’ DNA and use it to scour “random” ancestry websites for background information that may or may not be accurate, says an immigration lawyer.

These comments come following recent reports of a practice by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) that involves obtaining consent from long-term detainees to take a DNA sample and submit it to commercial ancestry sites — ancestry.com and familytree.com, for example — as a way of gleaning information on nationality.

But Vancouver immigration lawyer...