New Laws in Maryland and Montana Protect Consumer DNA

Whether it’s exploring your heritage, learning your country of origin, or finding your parents, DNA testing has many benefits. However, it’s crucial when doing a DNA test to pick a company that takes the utmost care to protect your privacy.

Unfortunately, direct-to-consumer DNA companies like 23andMe, Ancestry, GEDmatch, and FamilyTreeDNA all come with a high risk of a security breach. Not only do these companies sell your genetic information to drug and pharmaceutical companies, but their databases can be hacked, packages can be intercepted in the mail, and your genetic information can be used in scams.

Additionally, these companies allow police to use their databases for forensic purposes. However, Maryland and Montana are taking a stand on the authorization of police to access genetic databases.

Starting October 1, Maryland will require law enforcement to get a judge’s sign-off before using genetic databases. It will also limit its use to serious crimes like murder, kidnapping, and human trafficking, and investigators can only use databases that explicitly warn users that their information might be used to investigate crimes.

Similarly, Montana law enforcement would need a warrant before accessing a genetic database unless the users waived their rights to privacy.

These are important steps towards protecting our privacy. However, there’s another way around the system. DNA Paternity Testing values your privacy, so you can rest assured that your genetic information is safe with us. We never sell genetic information to other companies and are HIPAA-compliant.

DNA Paternity Testing provides rock-solid answers to important questions like parentage and ancestry. With over 2,000 centers nationwide, DNA Paternity Testing Centers is one of the largest, most affordable, networks of accredited DNA testing labs in the United States. Our price is unbeatable without sacrificing quality. We offer DNA testing for paternity, maternity and all other relationships (grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles).

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