I am writing computer software that allows users to learn more about their own DNA and (optionally) allow some of that data to be used for research purposes.

I'm very concerned about a future/theoretical situation in which an insurance company uses that DNA data to disqualify someone on the basis of pre-existing conditions.


  • What privacy regulations exist that would assure users that there is no insurance risk in a collecting information about one's own DNA? (Primarily interested in the USA, but UK and EU would be valuable)

  • Outside of legal regulations, what should users look for when shopping among providers? (for quality, scope of services provided, etc)


closed as off-topic by canadianer, Remi.b, David, Bryan Krause, AliceD May 23 '17 at 19:51

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  • $\begingroup$ There might be different regulations in different parts of the world. Maybe you want to specify a country/area. $\endgroup$ – Arsak May 23 '17 at 17:05
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about biology. $\endgroup$ – canadianer May 23 '17 at 17:06
  • $\begingroup$ That might be a question for Law.SE. I am voting to close for the same reason than canadianer $\endgroup$ – Remi.b May 23 '17 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ While the subject is biology based, ethics and laws are not... so I am voting for closure as well. $\endgroup$ – Jeppe Nielsen May 23 '17 at 23:36

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