Miguel Burger-Calderon, president and co-founder of tech company Ethyca, writes in an op-ed for Quartz that home DNA-testing kits could threaten privacy in ways not yet understood. “You don’t have to be Orwell to understand that the decision to allow a profit-driven company to analyze a person’s data at a genetic level represents a new level of privacy threat. It makes the traditional categories of personal data seem tame by comparison,” he writes. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports genealogical databases can assist police in solving difficult cases, but there is little oversight and transparency, and GeekWire reports lawsuits in Illinois are targeting Amazon Web Services, saying the company “obtains and stores biometric data on behalf of its customers,” violating state law.
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