Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

DNA testing startup Veritas Genetics confirms information breach

Veritas Genetics, a DNA testing startup, has stated a knowledge breach resulted within the theft of some buyer info.

The Danvers, Mass.-based firm stated its customer-facing portal had “not too long ago” been breached however didn’t say when. Though the portal didn’t comprise take a look at outcomes or medical info, the corporate declined to say what info had been stolen — solely handful of shoppers had been affected.

The corporate has not issued a public assertion, nor has it acknowledge the breach on its web site. A spokesperson for Veritas didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Bloomberg first reported the information.

Veritas, whose opponents embrace 23andMe, Ancestry and MyHeritage, says it could possibly analyze and perceive a human genome utilizing a smaller portion of a person’s DNA, permitting prospects to raised perceive what well being dangers they could face in later life or go on to their youngsters.

Though the stolen information didn’t embrace private well being info, it’s prone to additional gasoline considerations that well being startups, notably firms coping with delicate DNA and genome info, can’t shield their customers’ information.

Privateness stays an rising concern in genetics testing after regulation enforcement have served authorized calls for in opposition to DNA assortment and genetics testing firms to assist determine suspects in prison circumstances. Simply this week, it was reported “recreation changer” warrant obtained in Florida allowed one police division to look the total database of GEDmatch, a DNA testing firm, which final 12 months was utilized by police to assist catch the infamous Golden State Killer.

Some 26 million customers have used an at-home genetics testing package.

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