23andMe Explains Your Privacy Protections

23andMe wants you to know that securing and protecting the your data is paramount. They are committed to keeping their customers’ trust and providing a secure place where they can explore their DNA, knowing that their privacy is protected.

There are three fundamental principals that 23andMe is guided by. The first is “Meaningful & Informed Choice”. It means that you decide how your information is used and with whom it is shared. The second is “Setting the Standard for Strong Data Security”. It means that 23andMe knows that genetic information deserves the highest level of security.

The third is: “Privacy & Transparency by Design”. It means that 23andMe assures customers that protecting customer privacy is about more than just creating policies, it has to be baked into everything 23andMe does. Being clear and transparent about these policies is vital for customers to understand how their data is handled and protected.

23andMe customers have the choice of whether or not they want to participate – and have their de-identified data used – in 23andMe’s innovative research. Customers can choose whether they want to connect with genetic relatives through 23andMe’s DNA Relatives tool, or whether they want to see their health reports. They can choose to have the lab biobank their saliva sample or discard it after it is tested.

A customer always has the right to download their data, close their account, have their sample discarded, and have their data deleted at any time.

When a new customer first registers with 23andMe, they get to choose what they want to share and what they want to see when they begin to explore their genetics using 23andMe. Customers can also change what they want to share at any time.

It is important to know that there is some kinds of sharing that 23andMe will never do. They don’t share genetic and self-reported data with employers, or insurance companies, or third-party marketers.

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