This is somewhat of a follow-up to yesterday’s article questioning what you want to happen to your stored DNA sample. Apple is reportedly planning to work with scientists to collect DNA for genetic research, as a part of its ResearchKit platform.
ResearchKit collects data from patients via the iPhone, and is said to be a secure portal. People with certain conditions can opt in to participate in various clinical studies and surveys (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) that can be evaluated and analyzed by medical researchers. The goal is to ultimately improve patients’ health and the ability to care for them. Indeed, those are lofty goals.
Assuming the data is anonymized, I wouldn’t object to that. However, buried in a story on Mashable.com is the sentence, “Eventually, it’s even possible consumers might swipe to share ‘my genes’ as easily as they do their location.” That doesn’t sound anonymous to me.
You can read more in an article by Samantha Murphy Kelly in Mashable.com at http://mashable.com/2015/05/06/apple-dna-researchkit-study.