Think twice before having DNA tested
You could be targeted by a biological weapon, warns Congressman.
A member of the House Intelligence Committee has warned Americans not to use DNA testing services, because the data collected could be used to create bioweapons targeting individuals or groups.
U.S. Representative Jason Crow (D-Colo.) said at the Aspen Security Forum:
Expectations of privacy have degraded over the last 20 years and “young folks actually have very little expectation of privacy; that’s what the polling and the data show.”
“People will very rapidly spit into a cup and send it to 23andMe and get really interesting data about their background,” but governments can “target a biological weapon that will kill that person or take them off the battlefield or make them inoperable.”
Additionally, DNA submitted to popular DNA testing services are owned by these private companies and “can be sold off with very little intellectual property protection or privacy protection, and we don’t have legal and regulatory regimes to deal with that.”
23andMe has denied selling private information, including DNA data.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned last year that Chinese and Russian laboratories were processing the DNA tests of Americans via Medicare and Medicaid.
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