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

Bob Silverstein

In response to Jx. Gx.

  1. Why are privately held entities any different than public ones, non-profits and governments when making money?  The ultimate goal of the privates and publics is to maximize the wealth of the shareholder.  For non-profits and governments, do they not want to raise enough money to fund their activities?  All are out to make money.
  2. How many hacks of actual DNA have occurred and what have been their consequences?
  3. How would a hacker use DNA data?  Are not insurance companies prevented by law from using genetic information today?  Do not law agencies need cause?
  4. The DNA used for ethnicity and cousin-finding represents a small portion of the entire human genome.  Is that useful to a hacker?  Likewise for medical genetics and identifying traits.
  5. Does a criminal or government really need my DNA to steal my identity?  Does the Internet, legitimate or the dark web, not already have enough information on me?
  6. Who now uses DNA to identify or confirm the identity of an individual other than for lawful purposes?

I look forward to your response.

Bob Silverstein

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