Are You Unknowingly Forfeiting Your Genetic Privacy Rights?

From an article by Katherine M. Silverman, published in the Mondaq.com web site:

“The issue of genetic privacy is getting a lot of attention in the media lately, mainly due to the role DNA has played in identifying suspects in prominent “cold cases” like that of the Golden State Killer. But use of these “genetic genealogy” tools has raised concerns from privacy advocates who fear that genetic information shared on public genealogy databases could be misused. While “oversharing” personal information on social media has become par for the course, it’s important to think carefully about what information you’re publishing on the internet and who might have access to that information in the future.”

Also:

“While the idea of finding long-lost relatives is appealing, the privacy policies on many commercial genealogy websites allow these companies to share and monetize your genetic information without any obligation to notify you or obtain your consent. And while most of us would be willing to assist law enforcement officers in investigating a serious crime, the potential applications for this technology are only beginning to emerge. Many people don’t realize that by uploading their genetic information, they are exposing their relatives, including children and grandchildren to a loss of genetic privacy.”

The full article may be found at: http://bit.ly/2XCbnoD.

3 Comments

I noticed right away – the article is too broad, enough to sow disorder to create money for that law firm.

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I guess they didn’t have time to check the T&Cs of every DNA testing company now working out of the back of a van in a car park.
I recall a DNA testing article here 2 or 3 years ago and I queried whether people were happy to be giving their DNA to a company that they do not know, to share with any other company or Government. Then as now, I think it is complete madness.
Apart from giving your DNA to all and sundry, the accuracy or otherwise of the findings is a mute point. How useful is it for me to know that 40 generations back, I have some Mongolian heritage that has remained in my line through to me? Or all those people who have DNA linked to Indo-China but actually their ancestry is “native American”.
If we are talking adoption etc then I understand that it may be the only way forward but think of the consequences first

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As much as I’d love to break down the walls in my family history, I’ve yet to reach the point of allowing my DNA to be bought or used by others for non-genealogical purposes. The little man’s rights are always at the bottom of the pile unfortunately and the consequences are too concerning.

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