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New Consumer Privacy in DNA Testing from DNA Spectrum

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 04, 2014

Why Is Privacy an Issue in DNA Testing?

The nascent DNA testing industry isn't always straightforward about the distribution and use of DNA samples and test data. Some companies, for instance, sell DNA information for profit. These firms make a great deal of money by providing genetic data to commercial pharmaceutical firms. Other data makes its way to governmental databases and various private entities consolidating genetic data for profit. It is incredibly important to read the fine print of the terms and conditions to ensure that private genetic data remains private.

DNA Spectrum is changing the manner in which the DNA sequencing industry operates. While some nonprofit research is used to help patients and humanity in general, there are no guarantees, and in some cases, the individual may not even be notified that the DNA is being utilized for other purposes than individual, private information to the sample owner. With an untrustworthy or third-party research testing firm, DNA samples may be sold to a company that simply wants to generate profit through research, technology, or breakthroughs utilizing the DNA of customers.

Consumers and lawmakers haven't yet hit upon the perfect blend of rules and privacy practices that would protect individual rights and still allow widespread access to the benefits of DNA testing. It is up to firms like DNA Spectrum to lead the charge for true consumer privacy.

DNA Spectrum Fights for Consumer Privacy in Genetic Testing

There's no substitute for legally binding guarantees and effective open practices. DNA Spectrum doesn't simply ask clients to have faith; the company strives to earn trust by adhering to internationally vetted security and accreditation standards, also utilized by Bode Chromosomal and DNA Diagnostic Center (DDC). At DNA Spectrum, clients submit samples anonymously so that their information can't be used to identify them without their consent. Once the DNA testing is sequenced and the clients have their results, the samples are destroyed after 60 days unless the customer wishes to bank their DNA sample for future use.

Consumers should always research the distribution and use of private data in DNA testing.

With the advances in DNA testing technology, it is all too easy to find a DNA Test online, click on the first or the cheapest company link, and begin the DNA analysis process within just a few minutes. For customers own privacy peace-of-mind, research should be done into DNA companies’ policies and practices including a thorough search of company reviews online and recommendations. Mandatory questions include the following.

What happens to the DNA sample after the genealogical results are determined?

How do I know that the sample won't be used to develop new pharmaceuticals or end up in some private database?

How do I know if this company takes an interest in protecting my privacy rights?

DNA Spectrum’s goal is to empower customers with an accurate DNA analysis, not to profit from the client’s information without consent. The company takes effective steps to maintain this standard. Any digital and physical data handled is protected via multiple means, including firewalls, encrypted servers, guards, and blast walls. Whether the client simply wants to learn about family history or store their DNA for future generations, DNA Spectrum ensures that the client retains ultimate control over the privacy and access to the information.

About DNA Spectrum

Every person's DNA stores an incredible amount of valuable information. This knowledge is only as relevant as the tools available to understand and unravel the mysteries hidden within the genetic sequence. The vision of DNA Spectrum is to uncover the information contained within a genome and present the findings in a format that is easy-to-understand, meaningful, and life changing.

DNA Spectrum meets the discerning demands of genetic testing clients today with DNA ancestry and private storage services and support. Later this year, DNA Spectrum will release the first DNA lifestyle genetic products, enabling individuals to make positive life changes in fitness, diet, and exercise. With DNA Spectrum as a partner, customers and researchers will be at the forefront of genetic breakthroughs for generations to come and will be able to access all genetic needs through one online marketplace.

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