Genetic testing companies need to uphold their consumer privacy standards

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Knowing who you are is something many people yearn to find out.

Discovering who your family is, where they come from, and what they meant to the world has created a booming market for at-home genetic testing companies.

With technological advancements, you can now find all the information about your ancestry for only $59.99, according to FamilyTreeDNA.

Recently, the company has made headlines for a 2018 agreement with the FBI. The agreement allows the company to open its database to the FBI in order for special agents to identify victims and suspects of unsolved murder and rape cases.

While marketing their company as leaders of consumer privacy, customers are distraught over the unethical breach of their genetic testing results.

FamilyTreeDNA President Bennett Greenspan sent an email to customers apologizing for the manner in which they found out about the arrangement with the FBI. But he defended the agreement and has not mentioned any plans to sever/end the agreement with the FBI.

Truly, I think the company needs to end their compliance with the FBI, no matter their reasoning behind it.

With such technological advancements, companies should be expected to uphold their consumer privacy standards because they have the means and capabilities to.”

Their customers used their services not knowing that their information would be shared with the FBI, and the company failed to convey that information in a timely manner.

With such technological advancements, companies should be expected to uphold their consumer privacy standards because they have the means and capabilities to.

Customers trust these genetic testing companies to provide them only with the information they are paying for.  They are bombarded with unethical precedence in return, which only benefits the companies.

There should be a general understanding between companies and consumers that information provided for a service, should only be used for those specific services. Companies need to do better.

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