Don’t Use Ancestry.com Without Reading This First
This is absolutely crazy and hard to believe, but you don't want to use the Ancestry.com DNA testing service without actually reading the Ancestry.com Terms of Service. According to these legal contracts once you sign up to have Ancestry test your DNA, they own it! Wait, what?
Yes they own your DNA sample that you sent int....You still own your own DNA, but apparently so does Ancestry.com.
Many have used this site without reading the fine print and now it's freaking people out. Maybe you or one of your friends or family members have used it. Did you read the fine print on the contract? Me neither and that's where problems could happen sometime in the future.
Here's the concern: Buried in the Terms of Service, Ancestry.com warns customers, "it is possible that information about you or a genetic relative could be revealed." Meaning that for example you or a relative are carriers of a particular disease. That information could be used by insurers to deny you insurance coverage It could be used by law enforcement agencies to identify you or your relatives, and in some places, the data could be used by employers to deny employment.
Imagine what will happen when (yes WHEN, not if) one of these companies has their data bases hacked. ALL of your DNA info will be out there in the hands of someone that isn't you.
If you've ever had your credit card compromised, this is taking it to a whole new level. With a credit card, you cancel the old card, they reissue you a new account number and reverse the fraudulent activity.
How will you be issued new DNA info?
Your DNA is the ultimate form of identifying yourself. Do you really want anybody else with that info?
No thanks...I'll just take my grandpa's word for it that we're German.