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DNA sites propose security plans to address genetic privacy fears


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DNA sites propose security plans to address genetic privacy fears

Technology 7 November 2019 By Adam Vaughan It is important to keep DNA data secureWestend61 / Andrew Brookes / Getty ImagesThe two biggest genetic genealogy sites are hoping to introduce major new security measures to protect the DNA of millions of people, following recent concerns over risks to genetic privacy. Anyone who takes a direct-to-consumer…

DNA sites propose security plans to address genetic privacy fears


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7 November 2019

By Adam Vaughan

Genome data

It is important to keep DNA data secure

Westend61 / Andrew Brookes / Getty Images

The two biggest genetic genealogy sites are hoping to introduce major new security measures to protect the DNA of millions of people, following recent concerns over risks to genetic privacy.

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Anyone who takes a direct-to-consumer DNA test with a company such as 23andMe can download the raw data and upload it to third parties, often to help them find relatives.

Researchers last week showed how attackers could upload faked DNA profiles to create family matches for users of one leading genetic genealogy site, GEDmatch. Another …

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