Tech companies want your DNA…

Huffington Post reports: Last month, Apple revealed its plans to collaborate with genetic researchers to design an app that would allow consumers to take a DNA test and...

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Huffington Post reports:

Last month, Apple revealed its plans to collaborate with genetic researchers to design an app that would allow consumers to take a DNA test and submit their DNA information for genetic studies.

According to Popular Science the DNA could be used in studies to track genetic diseases.  Expectant mothers could use the results to get a clearer picture of potential genetic disorders which could be passed to their children.  However, all of this comes with one big problem; there isn’t much oversight regarding privacy of submitted DNA.  In other words, no one is really sure where that information might end up.

The FDA requires the presence of a genetic counselor before imparting news to a person that he or she is afflicted with certain genetic disorders, which begs the question ‘what are these companies really going to do with the results of these studies?’

Are you comfortable with your DNA being the missing link to big data and big tech companies as they move towards knowing more and more about every detail of your life?

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