23andMe Hack Prompts DNA Testing Security Questions

The FTC also claimed that Vitagene deceived consumers about their ability to delete their own data. Over a two-year period, the agency said, it warned the company at least three times about storing unencrypted genetic, health and other personal information in publicly accessible data “buckets.” Vitagene has since discontinued its product line.

What are the risks of hacked databases?

Amassing information, not copying DNA. When a person’s exposed data is combined with other known or discovered data, the peril increases. And no one knows how the emergence of artificial intelligence might play a role.

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