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Here’s what kind of data genetics testing companies can share

And how to delete your account if you want.
DNA test

Companies like Living DNA tell you more about who you are genetically using material from a cheek swab or spit.

Living DNA

It’s natural to want to scratch at the itch of identity—and these days you can, for about $99. Mail a little tube full of spit, or a cheek swab, to a laboratory, and they’ll tell you about who you are on a genetic level. Companies like Living DNA, AncestryDNA, and 23andMe offer this service: a chance to learn more about your ethnicity and ancestry.

But in a time of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, other data breaches, and the GDPR, it’s also natural to wonder: What happens when I share my genetic information—a biological sample—with companies?

Here’s the short answer: With the three companies we spoke with, none of them

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