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In case you never thought about those DNA "heredity" tests from places like Ancestry, you need to make sure you actually know what's done with it after you get your test results. Think they just threw your DNA away? Nope.

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Despite all that, we’re guessing that when you signed up for Ancestry or 23andMe, you probably didn’t read the fine print to find out what, exactly, those companies plan to do with your data. We can’t blame you—they’re long, boring polices written in legalese that’s difficult to understand. If you actually read those policies, though, you might not have gone ahead with the test. It turns out that the breadth of rights you are giving away to your DNA is kind of terrifying.

Lucky for you, Gizmodo slogged though every line of Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and Helix’s privacy, terms of service, and research policies with the help of experts in privacy, law and consumer protection. It wasn’t fun. We fell asleep at least once. And what we found wasn’t pretty.

“It’s basically like you have no privacy, they’re taking it all,” said Joel Winston, a consumer protection lawyer. “When it comes to DNA tests, don’t assume you have any rights.”


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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 05:35:23 PM »
I always thought it sounded kinda creepy.  No interest in doing it, however I know several who have.


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And if you choose to share your genetic information with your doctor or others, it may be used against you and impact the coverage you receive. Worse yet, as 23andMe states bluntly in their Terms of Service: “If you are asked by an insurance company whether you have learned Genetic Information about health conditions and you do not disclose this to them, this may be considered to be fraud.” Genetic testing companies may promise to not share information with insurers without your consent, but that doesn’t stop an insurer from asking you whether you have ever taken any genetic tests. And if the answer is yes, you could be compelled to share information relevant to your health. (A new health care bill and seemingly stalled legislation introduced last March in the house both further threaten to challenge protections that allow you to keep your genetic information private.)

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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2018, 05:16:47 AM »
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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2018, 02:14:39 PM »
Our vet actually advertises DNA testing for pets. All three are family members and that is all that counts! Do I really want to know what could be a fox in the hen house of the family tree?

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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2018, 03:43:36 PM »
Our vet actually advertises DNA testing for pets. All three are family members and that is all that counts! Do I really want to know what could be a fox in the hen house of the family tree?

With DeeDee mentioning our dog Misa being a Carolina dog.... DNA testing for her, did pop into my head.  Humans... too creepy.
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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2018, 04:01:07 PM »
With DeeDee mentioning our dog Misa being a Carolina dog.... DNA testing for her, did pop into my head.  Humans... too creepy.

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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2018, 06:49:52 PM »
No Carolina, on the list.


But they test for Dingo.  funny2 funny2 funny2 funny2
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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2018, 07:27:39 AM »
But they test for Dingo.  funny2 funny2 funny2 funny2
I did not realize that my MIL is on a dna test list.

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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2018, 07:38:21 AM »
I did not realize that my MIL is on a dna test list.

HAHAHAHA! Thanks for the laugh!

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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2018, 11:29:20 AM »
I did not realize that my MIL is on a dna test list.


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Re: Just In Case You Didn't Already Think About DNA Companies. . .
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2018, 12:39:50 PM »
I did not realize that my MIL is on a dna test list.

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