Re: issues of DNA privacy #dna


JoAnne Goldberg
 

I didn't notice if anyone has mentioned the Golden State Killer, whose
identity was inferred via DNA from distant cousins. The fact is that
it's too late for privacy in that regard. The DNA is out there, and
governments have DNA databases, though your DTC testing company
information is relatively safe -- until the vendor is hacked! Most of us
have been fingerprinted more than once; few of us are concerned about that.

So my first argument to anyone reluctant to test is "the FBI/CIA/NSA may
already know what your DNA says -- don't you want to know what they know?"

For relatives who are privacy obsessed, and I totally get that, I have
ordered kits in my name, entered them into the vendor's system,
repackaged and sent to the relative who can take the test and drop it,
postage-paid,  in the mailbox. The kit has a pseudonym so the relative's
identity is protected. Could a DNA sleuth figure out the likely identity
of the kit? Sure, but who's going to bother? Personally, I have no
illusions about privacy, and think it's funny when banks etc ask for
info like date of birth, hometown,  or mother's birth surname as "proof"
of identity when all that information is readily accessible online.

JoAnne
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JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535
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