It’s hard to turn on your TV anymore without seeing an ad for one of the commercial DNA testing services.
AncestryDNA, MyHeritage and 23andMe are all spending massive amounts of cash on ads to try to lure as many people to use their service as possible.
And it’s easy to understand why. Just about everyone we talk to these days has either already submitted their DNA for testing or are planning to in the near future.
But truth be told, there are very real and serious risks involved with allowing any commercial company to store your genetic information in their database.
I won’t go into what those risks are in this post, but they have been well documented by several trustworthy entities. Just a quick look at a few of these Google search results will give you the gist of what those dangers are.
If you haven’t already read a few of the resources returned in that search I recommend that you take a few minutes to do so. If you do you’ll understand why using a commercial DNA testing service isn’t such a great idea.
But if you’ve already had your DNA tested by one of the “Big Three” testing services, you can opt to delete your genetic information from their database – and I strongly recommend that you do so!
It’s actually fairly easy to request that your DNA test results be deleted from the testing companies’ servers. Just follow the steps below for whichever service(s) you used.
1 – Visit this page on the AncesteryDNA website and sign in to your account.
2 – Read the info on the screen and then click the Go to DNA settings button.
1 – Sign into your MyHeritage account.
2 – Follow the instructions on this page.
1 – Sign into your 23andMe account.
2 – Click on Account Settings and select the option to delete your information.
Bottom line: I don’t believe it’s a great idea to use a DNA testing service at all, but if you have already used one you can have your DNA test results deleted from their server by following the steps listed above.