DNA-testing company reportedly sharing data with FBI
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on the potential fallout from reports DNA-testing company Family TreeDNA will share data with the FBI in an effort to solve crimes.
DNA-sampling kits that can trace an individual's ancestry became increasingly popular between 2017 and 2018, but now experts are concerned about DNA storage and use after a customer dies.
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Popular, privately owned DNA-sampling companies Ancestry DNA and 23andme have made layoffs in the past few months as the industry is hit with growing consumer privacy concerns and unknowns. 23andme said it was laying off 100 people, or 14 percent of its entire workforce, in what CEO Anne Wojcicki called a "slow and painful" process as demand took a sudden turn.
"What consumers need to understand is that the majority of privacy policies for these kinds of genetic services hand over ownership of the genetic content to the service provider once the customer is deceased," Jo O'Reilly, deputy editor at expert privacy education and review site ProPrivacy, told FOX Business.
DNA-testing companies decide what to do with results once an ancestry test has taken place in accordance with their privacy policies, which have to be compliant with state and federal laws.
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The topic made headlines this week after University of Washington School of Medicine professor Stephanie Fullerton spoke about concerns surrounding DNA test kits at the Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle, saying that "in some cases, what happens with that information after we die is very unclear," according to The Daily Mail.