GENEALOGY: A warning to Ancestry customers who consent to use DNA services
A warning to Ancestry customers who consent to use DNA services
By Tribune Star
A couple of years ago, Ancestry went into a partnership with a biotech company called Calico, owned by Google. The premise of this partnership was that Ancestry would make its customers’ DNA results available to this other company to use for their research purposes. It’s a for-profit venture on both sides. Ancestry sells its customers’ DNA data to Calico and Calico makes money off the research it does. Customers pay Ancestry to conduct the DNA test, but Ancestry and its partners stand to make billions.
This May, an attorney named Joel Winston, specialist in consumer protection, former deputy attorney general for New Jersey, and formerly in the Department of Justice, posted a warning to Ancestry customers when they consent to use the DNA services.
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