Thursday, January 17, 2013

DNA Research Raises New Privacy Concerns

As technologies evolve, new questions about their use emerge. In this report, we learn of a researcher who used DNA data from more than 1,000 people that had been posted online as part of other studies, to identify five randomly-selected specific people, and their entire families, nearly 50 people, even though the data were all anonymous. 


DNA, privacy, Internet

This, of course, raises serious concerns about the sharing of DNA data, particularly over the Internet, which if doing genetics research is an enormous benefit. Many studies are made possible because these data are available in this way. But with the ability to deduce actual identities from a relatively small set of data, this loss of privacy is an obvious concern.

Read more on the NY Times.

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