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Sharing and Protecting Your Genetic Information

By James Rathmell, 23andMe Privacy Fellow Our mission at 23andMe is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. One way we do this is by giving community members the ability to connect with distant and close genetic relatives with our sharing tools. We have two main tools you can use ...

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23andPrivacy: Your Data and Law Enforcement

By Kate Black and Zerina Curevac* Since our founding a decade ago, 23andMe has only received requests from law enforcement for information regarding five of our more than 1.2 million customers. In each of these cases, 23andMe successfully resisted the request and protected our customers’ data from release to ...

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By Kate Black, 23andMe Privacy Officer and Corporate Counsel In January, I joined 23andMe to oversee the privacy and security of our customers’ information. I am responsible for coordinating the many teams and team members across 23andMe who manage our website, conduct scientific research, and provide ...

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More From SXSW #AskAnne

We can’t tell you the breakout bands or best films from this year’s South By Southwest, but we can tell you that new ideas around digital health — including 23andMe’s use of big data to power research — drove a lot of the most interesting discussions on the interactive side of the festival. 23andMe’s CEO ...

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Proposal to Extend Genetic Privacy Protections in California

In an effort to extend the state’s privacy protections to people’s genetic material, California State Senator Alex Padilla D-Pacoima recently introduced the California Genetic Information Privacy Act. Last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law another bill authored by Padilla that extended the ...

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Labs Remove Genetic Data from Public Databases After Forensic Breakthrough

Yesterday we reported on a new statistical method that can establish the presence of a single individual's genetic signature in a sample containing DNA from hundreds of different people. The method has enormous potential in forensics, because DNA samples from crime scenes and mass disasters often contain ...

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