TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Aug 2, 2018

A host of private genetic testing companies have agreed to a set of voluntary privacy guidelines on how to handle DNA data. Ancestry, 23andMe Inc., Helix, MyHeritage and Habit agreed to the guidelines, including pledging to get express consent from consumers when sharing their data with third parties. LegalTech News reports that, while there are federal and local laws regulating the sharing of genetic information, a blind spot exists when it comes to what private companies can do with this data. Genetic testing companies have been thrust into the spotlight since a genealogy database was used to solve a string of murders and assaults by a man dubbed the “Golden State Killer."