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Cheap Genetic Testing Offer from 23andme.....Google connection, and Potential Privacy Violations.

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posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 01:17 PM
link is an online company that offers cheap genetic testing. The owner of the site is married to Sergey Brin one of the founders of GOOGLE. They are working to try to crack the genetic code because Brin has about a greater than 50% chance of getting Parkinsons, according to his genetic profile.

The site claims that they use evolving technology to potentially break the code. They keep your sequencing data and as new research comes out they also periodically send new test results without having to take a new saliva sample.

Every innovation Google makes is about stealing your information (instant search is a keylogger), gmail scans your email, Chrome OS with cloud storage allows Google can see all your information/data, and now they want your DNA too. It won't be long before they will have a computer that will map out your entire life.

23andme (what a dumb name), claims that you are protected by The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (don't you feel better?):

Your Privacy and Security Your personalized 23andMe web account provides secure and easy access to your information, with multiple levels of encryption and security protocols protecting your personal information. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is U.S. federal legislation that protects Americans from discrimination (in health insurance and employment decisions) on the basis of genetic information.

But then they advise that:

GINA does not cover life or disability insurance providers.

Providing your genetic information to this corporation is completely ignorant, unless done under an alias, and disposable credit card. You have to wonder why 23andme is providing such inexpensive subscriptions. I can assure you that they are eating the cost to obtain huge amounts of genetic information from the always unsuspecting public.

$9 for each person. Each kit requires the 1 year sub.

posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 04:28 PM
Absolutely shocked that people are completely indifferent to this.


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