Why Richard Branson gave 23andMe billions to go public

Why Richard Branson gave 23andMe billions to go public

Branson says he sees 23andMe as a company with “enormous growth potential.” No — home DNA kits weren’t some kind of “pandemic winner.” Rather, the once-booming DTC genetics industry has hit a lull in the past few years, as a result of growing concerns around privacy, accuracy and value.

Code is law: why software openness and algorithmic transparency are vital for privacy

Code is law: why software openness and algorithmic transparency are vital for privacy

The legal defense team wanted to analyze how the TrueAllele software had arrived at the conclusion that Pickett’s DNA was present in the sample.That’s true not just for specialised programs analyzing genetic material, but also for the important new class of systems that involve automated decision making (ADM).

No Secret Evidence in Our Courts

No Secret Evidence in Our Courts

In an important victory, an appeals court in New Jersey agreed with EFF and the ACLU of NJ that a defendant is entitled to see the source code of software that’s used to generate evidence against them.

The risks and rewards of at-home genealogy testing

The risks and rewards of at-home genealogy testing

Anne Wojcicki, the cofounder and CEO of direct-to-consumer DNA testing firm 23andMe, told 60 Minutes that she believes that her company adheres to stricter security measures than HIPAA requires.

U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans' DNA

U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans' DNA

One worry for Evanina and others is control over biodata that can lead to the complete control over health care: if a person's current or future medical condition is known through DNA and other data, the entity that knows it can gain a monopoly over the therapy or drugs to treat them.

Florida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic data

Florida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic data

Florida on Wednesday became the nation’s first state to enact a DNA privacy law, prohibiting life, disability and long-term care insurance companies from using genetic tests for coverage purposes.

China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

In the report released by the Australian institute, it estimated that the authorities aimed to collect DNA samples from 35 million to 70 million men and boys, or roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of China’s male population.

Catch a killer with your DNA (rebroadcast)

Catch a killer with your DNA (rebroadcast)

Kate McMahon: Jim re-opened Tanya and Jay's cold case, and for more than a decade, he followed all kinds of leads, but like the detective before him, never found a DNA match in CODIS.

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

For months, legal experts who follow investigative genetic genealogy have expected search warrants to be issued to Ancestry and its main competitor, 23andMe, which has about 10 million DNA profiles in its database.

23andMe lays off 100 people as DNA test sales decline, CEO says she was 'surprised' to see market turn

23andMe lays off 100 people as DNA test sales decline, CEO says she was 'surprised' to see market turn

Home DNA-testing company 23andMe is laying off about 100 people, or 14% of its staff, on Thursday, in the wake of declining sales.

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

A memo outlining the program published Monday by the Department of Homeland Security said U.S. citizens and permanent residents holding a “green card” who are detained could be subject to DNA testing, as well as asylum seekers and people entering the country without authorization.

Trump administration to begin collecting DNA from detained immigrants

Trump administration to begin collecting DNA from detained immigrants

The United States government will begin collecting the DNA of detained immigrants through pilot programs this week, according to a privacy impact assessment that was published today by the Department of Homeland Security.

Opinion | Why Are You Publicly Sharing Your Child’s DNA Information?

Opinion | Why Are You Publicly Sharing Your Child’s DNA Information?

When doctors told her they didn’t think there was a medical need to test her children, she decided to use 23andMe, the direct-to-customer genetic testing company.

What do you get if you put DNA and facial recognition together? Today, it’s China; tomorrow, maybe everywhere else

What do you get if you put DNA and facial recognition together? Today, it’s China; tomorrow, maybe everywhere else

A story in the New York Times means we don’t have to guess, because China is already doing it: Chinese scientists are trying to find a way to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s face.

Opinion | Think Alexa Is Too Creepy For Your Kitchen? Don’t Give It to Aunty Mary.

Opinion | Think Alexa Is Too Creepy For Your Kitchen? Don’t Give It to Aunty Mary.

That investigation, based on a dataset provided by sources alarmed by the unchecked power of the tracking industry, offered a look at more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

Pentagon warns US military not to use home DNA testing kits

Pentagon warns US military not to use home DNA testing kits

The Pentagon is advising members of the US military not to use DNA testing kits, warning that the popular genetic identification kits could pose a security risk.But a department of defence memo, obtained by Yahoo News, warned that the kits could put members of the military at risk.

China is using DNA samples to try to re-create the faces of Uighurs

China is using DNA samples to try to re-create the faces of Uighurs

The news: Chinese researchers are using blood taken from Uighurs to try to work out how to use a DNA sample to re-create an image of a person’s face, according to an investigation by the New York Times.

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency

Fields said he was guided by “common sense” in the two cases he has searched consumer DNA — the July hunt for a serial rapist, and a 2018 arrest of a man for the unsolved murder of a college co-ed.

DNA test kits threaten kids’ privacy in ways we can’t understand yet

DNA test kits threaten kids’ privacy in ways we can’t understand yet

Privacy policy design can be an ambiguous business even with the best intentions, and I think it would be naive of a consumer to believe that DNA testing companies don’t have an incentive to leverage your data in ways that can’t be foreseen.

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

In order to help fight the good fight for the equality of all people, 2.5 years ago, Private Internet Access began exploring partnerships with others in the industry with the idea that together, we would be stronger.

DOJ doesn't go far enough to limit searches of consumer DNA services

DOJ doesn't go far enough to limit searches of consumer DNA services

By requiring law enforcement officers to identify themselves prior to searching consumer genetic databases, it limits the problematic practice of officers posing as civilian users while uploading crime scene DNA.

U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

The officials said the proposed rule was inspired partly by a pilot program conducted this summer along the southwestern border, in which ICE agents used rapid DNA sampling technology to identify “fraudulent family units” — adults who were using children disguised as their own to exploit special protections for families with immigrant children.

New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases

New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released new rules yesterday governing when police can use genetic genealogy to track down suspects in serious crimes—the first-ever policy covering how these databases, popular among amateur genealogists, should be used in law enforcement attempts to balance public safety and privacy concerns.

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

The New York Police Department has taken DNA samples from people convicted of crimes, as well as from people who are only arrested or sometimes simply questioned.

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

King said it is much more likely the federal government will want this DNA data for law enforcement purposes rather than to exploit any employer-employee loophole in GINA.All of these DNA testing companies explain this in their privacy statements, and 23andMe makes clear that it stands on the side of consumers.

DNA testing can share all your family secrets. Are you ready for that?

DNA testing can share all your family secrets. Are you ready for that?

DNA testing from the likes of leading services 23andMe and Ancestry, among others, has always boiled down to risk and reward, a fascination and curiosity about one’s roots and/or predispositions to disease, balanced against trepidations around privacy, security, and, for sure, the possibility of an awkward or identity-altering discovery.

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

To find persons of interest in criminal investigations, genetic genealogists upload DNA data found at the crime scene to GEDmatch and look for matches to distant relatives.

Watchdog criticises 'chaotic' police use of facial recognition

Watchdog criticises 'chaotic' police use of facial recognition

Prof Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, said in his annual report that police deployment of the technology, which can be used to scan crowds or CCTV recordings for people of interest, was chaotic and had run ahead of laws that could prevent its misuse.

Apple Now Scans Uploaded Content for Child Abuse Imagery

Apple Now Scans Uploaded Content for Child Abuse Imagery

Under the “How we use your personal information” header, one of the paragraphs now reads (emphasis added):We may also use your personal information for account and network security purposes, including in order to protect our services for the benefit of all our users, and pre-screening or scanning uploaded content for potentially illegal content, including child sexual exploitation material.

Genetics And DNA Extend the Long Arm of the Law

Genetics And DNA Extend the Long Arm of the Law

Forensic genetic genealogy compares the genetic profile of a crime suspect or victim to genetic profiles of people in public databases — primarily, the volunteer-run GEDmatch, where customers of any genetic-testing company can upload their information.