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DNA databases as crime deterrent: As more ‘cold cases’ are solved, are would-be criminals growing wary?

Some research suggests the mere existence of DNA databases may now be helping to prevent crime. But even if that’s ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer genetic tests and scant privacy protections give us reason to be ‘terrified’

[Y]ou don’t have to be Orwell to understand that the decision to allow a profit-driven company to analyze a person’s ...
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Privacy concerns: Mental health apps may be selling your data to third parties, including Google, Facebook

Apps spell big business in the healthcare industry: Dozens of apps are marketed to people with conditions including depression, anxiety ...
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Should we be more careful with our genetic data? ‘People don’t understand what can actually be done with this information’

People in the United States view certain personal information, such as their social security number and the content of their ...
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Mental health apps are reading your texts—some of them are selling your data, raising privacy concerns

An app for monitoring people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is so precise it can track when a patient steps ...
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Anonymous no more: AncestryDNA test reveals identity of woman’s stem cell donor

In 2017, Holly Becker took an AncestryDNA test, and the results, she would only later learn, exactly matched those of ...
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In the age of DNA, sperm donors can no longer expect promises of anonymity to stand up

For generations, it was a basic tenet of donating sperm: Clinics could forever protect their clients’ identities. But, increasingly, donor ...
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Consumer genetic tests promise rich rewards, but can yield ‘awkward surprises’

DNA testing is all about unlocking secrets. But sometimes surrendering your saliva may also mean surrendering a bit of privacy ...
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DNA testing companies launch privacy ‘coalition’ to protect consumer data

Genetic testing companies are forming a new coalition on best practices for handling DNA information and to promote the industry ...
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Consumer genetic testing and how to protect your DNA data

Consumer DNA testing kits like those from 23andMe, Ancestry.com and MyHeritage promise a road map to your genealogy and, in ...
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Navigating the evolving privacy pitfalls of consumer genetic testing

While DNA testing was once only the stuff of crime investigations and television shows, it is now available to the ...
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‘The broken promise of anonymity’? Bioethicist’s call to guard identity of sperm and egg donors is misguided

Dr. Pennings’ opinion fails to capture the complexity of donation ...
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Why you shouldn’t expect the DNA you send to companies like 23andMe to remain private forever

The data you shared with a genetic testing startup like 23andMe is private — for now. But maintaining that privacy, which rests ...
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Newborns and genome sequencing: Do we sacrifice privacy in the name of health?

If history provides a lesson, routine newborn genomic sequencing won’t come without a fight ...
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Digging through myths and rumors around DNA privacy

Every once in a while, untruths spread through the genetic genealogy world that have the potential to do great damage: damage ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer tests are ‘neither safe nor private’

As millions of Americans sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, the biomedical researcher James Hazel sent out a stark warning about the genetic-testing kits that ...
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Here’s what DNA testing companies are doing with all that genetic data

In the past couple of years, genetic-testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe have become popular for finding out family history ...
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DNA forensic analysis soon will be ‘vastly more powerful’—good for crime fighting, problematic for privacy

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year ...
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Do children have a right to know about a parent’s serious hereditary disease?

Genetic diagnosis is getting ever more sophisticated. But as doctors uncover diseases that are hereditary, who needs to know? Shaun ...
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If DNA can predict facial construction, how can we ever have genetic privacy?

DNA can now predict your facial structure. What does that mean for personal privacy? ...
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Privacy perils: Impact of legislation that would strip genetic secrecy protections in US

Employers could force workers to divulge private genetic information under Republican-sponsored legislation making its way through Congress. It could have ...