Veritas Genetics, [https://crunchbase.com/organization/veritas-genetics]a DNA
testing startup, has said a data breach resulted in unauthorized access of some
The Danvers, Mass.-based company said its customer-facing portal had ?recently?
been breached but did not say when. Although the portal did not contain test
results or medical information, the company declined to say what information had
been stolen ? only that a handful of customers were affected.
The company has not issued a public statement, nor has it acknowledge the breach
on its website.
Spokesperson Rodrigo Martinez denied there was a data ?theft? but provided no
evidence for the claim. Its statement did not elaborate on the breach.
[https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-06/breach-at-dna-test-firm-veritas-exposed-customer-information] the news.
Veritas, whose competitors include 23andMe, Ancestry and MyHeritage, says it can
analyze and understand a human genome using an individual?s DNA, allowing
customers to understand what health risks they may face in later life or pass on
to their children.
Although the stolen data did not include personal health information, it?s
likely to further fuel concerns that health startups, particularly companies
dealing with sensitive DNA and genome information, can?t protect their users?
Privacy remains an emerging concern in genetics testing after law enforcement
have served legal demands against DNA collection and genetics testing companies
to help identify suspects in criminal cases. Just this week, it wasreported
[https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/business/dna-database-search-warrant.html] that a ?game changer? warrant obtained in Florida allowed one police department
to search the full database of GEDmatch, a DNA testing company, which last year
wasused by police to help catch
Golden State Killer.
Some 26 million consumershave used
[https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612880/more-than-26-million-people-have-taken-an-at-home-ancestry-test/] an at-home genetics testing kit.