On genomics, kin, and privacy

  • Telenti A
  • Ayday E
  • Hubaux J
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The storage of greater numbers of exomes or genomes raises the question of loss of privacy for the individual and for families if genomic data are not properly protected. Access to genome data may result from a personal decision to disclose, or from gaps in protection. In either case, revealing genome data has consequences beyond the individual, as it compromises the privacy of family members. Increasing availability of genome data linked or linkable to metadata through online social networks and services adds one additional layer of complexity to the protection of genome privacy.  The field of computer science and information technology offers solutions to secure genomic data so that individuals, medical personnel or researchers can access only the subset of genomic information required for healthcare or dedicated studies.




Telenti, A., Ayday, E., & Hubaux, J. P. (2014). On genomics, kin, and privacy. F1000Research, 3, 80. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.3817.1

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