The senator calls for greater scrutiny of the home-based DNA testing industry


It is in our genes to suspect the fine print.

So, with the holiday season in full swing, Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called for more scrutiny on popular DNA testing kits, saying that unwitting customers may be putting their genetic information at risk of being sold to third parties. .

"These are the kits in which you can dry your cheek or maybe spit in a small vial and send them back to a company and, in return, they're unraveling your DNA," said Schumer, DN.Y., at a press conference Sunday morning.

Schumer cited the growing popularity of home genetic kits and ancestry services such as Ancestry, 23andMe and MyHeritage and said some of their terms of service agreements were unclear about what companies could do with their genetic information.

"This is what many consumers do not realize, that their confidential information may end up in the hands of unknown third-party companies," he said. "There are no bans and many companies say they can still sell their information to other companies."


Leader of the minority of the US Senate. UU Chuck Schumer talks about the Republican Senate medical care bill at the United States Capitol on June 27.