An Alaska man reportedly is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit. An online article claims the lawsuit was placed against “FamilyTee, a Texas-based DNA testing company.” I assume that is FamilyTree DNA, based in Houston. However, the newspaper article in the Ars Technica web site simply says “FamilyTee,” not FamilyTee, DNA. Maybe it is two different companies, although I doubt it. More likely it is sloppy reporting by the author of the article to not properly use the full name of the company.
In any case, the lawsuit claims that “the results of his DNA tests were made publicly available on the Internet, and his sensitive information (including his full name, personal e-mail address, and unique DNA kit number) was also disclosed to third-party ancestry company RootsWeb (a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, a company that allows users to research their lineage).”
The lawsuit goes on to claim “… had he known that Family Tree would disclose his full DNA test results and make them publicly available if he joined a project, he would not have purchased his DNA test from Family Tree, or he would only have done so if offered a substantial discount from the price paid.” I am guessing the plaintiff did not read the full disclosure statement that he signed, as the release gives the company permission to do just that. If he signed the release, thereby giving permission, it seems difficult to believe that he can now claim he was wronged.
You can read more in an article by by Cyrus Farivar in Ars Tecnica at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/lawsuit-alleges-unauthorized-publication-of-personal-genetics-data/.