Ancestry.com is selling a new DNA testing service called AncestryDNA. But the DNA and genetic data that Ancestry.com collects may be used against “you or a genetic relative” even after you are dead!!
Don’t use the AncestryDNA testing service without actually reading the
contracts, you still own your DNA, but so does Ancestry.com.
According to its privacy policies, Ancestry.com takes ownership of your DNA forever. Your ownership of your DNA, on the other hand, is limited in years.
- the perpetual, royalty-free, world-wide license to use your DNA;
- the warning that DNA information may be used against “you or a genetic relative”;
- your waiver of legal rights.
Perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license to use your DNA
They get free ownership of your genetic information forever. Technically, Ancestry.com will own your DNA even after you’re dead.
Ancestry.com gets to use or distribute your DNA for any research or commercial purpose it decides and doesn’t have to pay you, or your heirs, a dime. Furthermore, Ancestry.com takes this royalty-free license in perpetuity (for all time) and can distribute the results of your DNA tests anywhere in the world and with any technology that exists, or will ever be
invented. With this single contractual provision, customers are granting Ancestry.com the broadest possible rights to own and exploit their genetic information.
Jon Entine, executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project, is a senior fellow at the World Food Center Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy, University of California-Davis. Follow @JonEntine and @GeneticLiteracy Project;