Dont Want Companies Storing Your Genetic Material Heres How to Stop It

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Have you ever tried services like DNA and genetic testing companies such as 23andMe, Ancestry, or Helix? They’re a little weird, if you think about it. Your genetic material could just be sitting stored somewhere in some database, ready for someone to sift through. That’s exactly what happened when one of the most infamous serial killers was brought to justice years later after a DNA sample of the suspect was submitted to the companies. You never know what kind of things can happen with your genetic information — hopefully, you’re not out there committing any crimes, but you’re still totally welcome to want your DNA information gone from all those websites.The easiest way to make sure you don’t have your information stored by one of these services is to just not use them, especially since they can and do keep your information and sell it to third-party companies — often likely without your consent, without your identifying information, but it’s still a concern. If you’re paranoid and feel like you deserve having your genetic information deleted from these various services after using them, here’s how you can request that they are deleted.The process is pretty similar for all of the potential services you can use. For example, 23andMe will keep your spit and other data up to 10 years, and after you send them your spit sample, you can direct them whether you’d like them to keep your spit or get rid of it — but not the data attached to it. The company can, according to the “Biobanking Consent Document,” hold your saliva up to 10 years, so you’ll need to submit a request to have them discard your spit and everything related to it. You can do this by going to the Customer Care page, head to “Accounts and Registration,” and then check out “Requesting Account Closure.” From there, you can submit a request to have your spit sample destroyed and your account closed with it. It’s a process, but it’s better than doing nothing.There are similar requests on the other popular genetic data websites, but you’ve got to go digging for them. If you’re planning on utilizing any of these services in the future but don’t want them to preserve your genetic information, make sure you’re fully informed about what they can and can’t do with it, and opt out if you’re able to at all. Hold onto that last bastion of privacy…while you still can.Still curious? Before dropping any hard-earned, visit our sister site PCMag for their round-up of The Best DNA Testing Kits of 2018. We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later center_img Stay on targetlast_img