How DNA Databases Violate Everyone's Privacy
If you're an American of European descent there's a 60% you can be uniquely identified by public information in DNA databases. This is not information that you have made public; this is information your relatives have made public.

Research paper: "Identity inference of genomic data using long-range familial searches."

Abstract: Consumer genomics databases have reached the scale of millions of individuals.

Recently law enforcement authorities have exploited some of these databases to identify suspects via distant familial relatives. Using genomic data of 1.28 million individuals tested with consumer genomics we investigated the power of this technique.

We project that about 60% of the searches for individuals of European-descent will result in a third cousin or closer match which can allow their identification using demographic identifiers.

Moreover the technique could implicate nearly any US-individual of European-descent in the near future. We demonstrate that the technique can also identify research participants of a public sequencing project. Based on these results we propose a potential mitigation strategy and policy implications to human subject research.

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Tags: academic papers databases DNA privacy Posted on October 15 2018 at 9:34 AM 10 Comments General News via Schneier on Security October 16 2018 at 01:44AM