Innovative Commercial and Private Genetic Testing Raises Privacy and Confidentiality Concerns

  • Syeda Masooma Zaidi McMaster University
Keywords: DNA Testing, Privacy, Data, Companies, Genetics, Ancestry

Abstract

Obtaining information about your genes can be as easy as swabbing your cheek for DNA testing. Companies that offer direct-to-consumer genetic testing with saliva have the authority to collect and share personal data as well as test results from their clients. However, patients want their personal information to be protected and although these companies ask for consent before sharing information with third-party sources, companies have the right to use client data to initiate research or improve their business. Genetic testing companies need to respect their clients and understand that they are paying for a service which deals with sensitive information that individuals may not want collected and stored.

Published
2018-11-25
How to Cite
Zaidi, S. (2018). Innovative Commercial and Private Genetic Testing Raises Privacy and Confidentiality Concerns. Sciential - McMaster Undergraduate Science Journal, 1(1), 31-33. Retrieved from https://journals.mcmaster.ca/sciential/article/view/1902
Section
Opinion Piece