Activation of your Ancestry DNA database can help protect your privacy and security.
However, that does not mean that you should.
As of this week, AncestryDna, the company behind the AncestryGenome database, has changed its terms of service.
It now requires that Ancestry Genome users “register, verify and provide proof of a DNA sample” before they can receive or use Ancestry Dna’s services.
The change is effective immediately.
“Our new Terms of Service include requirements to protect your personal data, including your name, date of birth, zip code, and email address,” reads a notice on the Ancestries website.
According to Ancestry, users who “do not have their own DNA test” will be unable to access the services.
The company is also asking that users who have registered with Ancestry will sign a confidentiality agreement before sharing their DNA samples with anyone else.
The notice does not say whether the new terms will affect how people can participate in the AncestriaDNA Ancestry program.
In a blog post published today, the site explains that the AncestrisDNA program will be discontinued.
While Ancestry is a participant in the program, “the Ancestry genotype data you provide will not be shared and will be shared only with the Ancestors who registered with the program,” it said.
After signing up for the AncestrsDNA program, AncestriesDNA will stop sharing the DNA sample information and Ancestry won’t share any additional genetic information on you.
Additionally, Ancestrs will no longer be able to send you emails or post your information on their social media accounts.
Users who did not sign up for Ancestry’s Ancestry-only service will still be able get their DNA sample.
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