Re: Data Breach at GEDmatch has Concerns Over Privacy #dna #announcements


Jx. Gx.
 

I fully understand the emotional desire to connect with long lost relatives through the use of DNA testing.  Aside from the sometimes questionable accuracy of these test results, a much bigger concern is that once you give away your DNA data you lose all control of who has access to it and how it can be used.  Data breaches by rogue states and criminal organizations are a serious danger and we should do everything in our power to protest ourselves. Criminal enterprises are not content with just your DNA. In recent years they have hacked into the Experian credit reports, Home Depot, Target stores, Yahoo.com, the U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management, and many other online sites. Millions of people have been affected. Social media, where people openly post photos of themselves and other personal information is a treasure trove of information for thieves.  When they pull together all the personal information and "connect the dots," they have a person's entire life's history in their hands. They can sell off this information piecemeal to other criminals on the dark web or as an entire package. They can also use this data for their own nefarious purposes. The recent sale of Ancestry to private equity companies should also be of major concern to everyone. The first priority of all equity firms is to make money. Historically, equity companies hold on to their acquisitions until they find a buyer willing to pay them top dollar. That buyer could be China or any other hostile country. These countries could also set up shell companies and buy controlling interest in DNA testing companies. Our personal data is valuable to bad people.  We have to protect ourselves by not making it easy for them to gain access to our information. 

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