When You Didn’t Agree to That

Between work and social obligations, it can be hard to find to the time to take a DNA test at a physician’s office or testing center! The convenience and price of take-at-home DNA tests can be enticing.

But what you might initially save in time and money, you might regret later! Take-at-home DNA tests have been used in scams, identity theft, undermine your privacy, and can even give false results.

Like most service companies, direct-to-consumer DNA companies have lots of paperwork, Terms of Service Agreements, and releases for the customer to read and sign. Even if you’re one of the few people who take the time to read all the fine print and feel informed of your consent, a new report shows two shocking details.

First, direct-to-consumer companies are only bound by their own terms of service. There are currently no regulations or laws regarding how genetic information can be used or sold. Once you turn in your test tubes, your genetic information is no longer your own.

But as if that wasn’t scary enough, the second detail is more concerning: genetic companies can change their terms of service at any time. So while you might have signed a release for a certain agreement on how your genetic information will be used, the testing company can change their service terms and void your agreement. Watch this video to see other risks involved with using a take-at-home test:

But with DNA Paternity Testing, we use extreme measures to keep your medical information secure. We train all our staff on all HIPAA compliance policies and ensuring that all tests and counseling remain confidential.  We never sell or release your information except if needed to comply with HIPAA standards. Your results are safe with us!

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). Call us today at 866.944.9546 or ORDER ONLINE!

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