Thanks for sharing this Plumster,Plumster wrote:It appears that GlaxoSmithKline bought 23andme. American citizens may want to consider downloading and deleting their account. I don't know more than what is stated in this article:
https://returntonow.net/2019/01/09/big- ... hmtTUpVPDw
23andMe customers are in control of their data. Participating in 23andMe’s research is always voluntary and requires customers to affirmatively consent to participate. For those who do consent, their information will be de-identified, so no individual will be identifiable to GSK.
The continued protection of customers’ data and privacy is the highest priority for both GSK and 23andMe. Both companies have stringent security protections in place when it comes to collecting, storing and transferring information about research participants. 23andMe employs software, hardware and physical security measures to protect the computers where data is stored and information will only be transferred using encryption to offer maximum security.
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What a great idea, Coach. I wish I did this last year when I ordered. I had automatically thought that since we're submitting our genetic data, that we're supposed to give them our real names, etc. You're right, who says they need our real name for out genetic data? I even had annoying relatives pop up on my ancestry networkCoachDD wrote:Greetings - jumping in on this subject. . . especially since it is not new news - this happened a while back. While I have BIG concerns about this, I am now suggesting to anyone wanting to research and understand their genetics to still use 23andme for this, but simply create a pseudo name and unique email (without your name in it) exclusively for this situation. Obviously, you'll need to manage/monitor that new email account and guard it from other sources but this will allow folks to remain anonymous. I welcome other thoughts on this - but this is the best way I can think of to avoid the possibility of future issues with your genetic data.
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