issues of DNA privacy #dna


People should keep in mind that laws, guarantees, attitudes, procedures, techniques, etc. can all change with time.  What is done now, or what can be done now, is no guide to what may be done in the future.  Even if you discount data theft, there are ways that profiles can come into the open.  Can a DNA-testing company sell its collection of data to an entity with different ideas about privacy?  What if the company is bought by someone interested in accessing its DNA files?  Can data, or even the company, be seized under a court order? 
Once you have had your DNA profiled, that cannot be undone.  What will happen to that data, and to what uses it might be put, cease to be under your control.  
Yale Zussman

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