Here’s how Apple, Google, and Microsoft are trying to get inside your genes-CRG in the News

by jeeg 13. May 2015 23:50
  Not satisfied by having our emails, chats, status updates, search histories, clicking behaviors, and shopping preferences, some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful tech titans are in an arms race to get access to your most personal information: your DNA. Last week, for instance, the M... [More]

Apple Has Plans for Your DNA

by jeeg 6. May 2015 21:14
  Of all the rumors ever to swirl around the world’s most valuable company, this may be the first that could involve spitting in a plastic cup.   Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to launch apps that would offer some iPhone owners the chance to get their D... [More]

IBM and Apple want to share how you are with others

by jeeg 15. April 2015 22:46
  IBM has launched a health unit to make sense of the wealth of data created by the boom in fitness trackers and apps. Watson Health aims to create "a secure, cloud-based data sharing hub" that can feed analytic technologies, it said. It could provide diagnoses or health alerts which could... [More]

What happens to your genetic data when you die?

by jeeg 4. March 2015 23:45
  What happens to our digital selves after we die? Our Airbnb properties might keep hosting strangers. Our Twitter feeds will live on in the Library of Congress as a permanent record of our weirdest musings. And on Facebook, our designated custodians can continue to manage our profiles afte... [More]

23andMe’s New Formula: Patient Consent = $

by jeeg 7. January 2015 22:21
    Facebook generates about $8 a year in revenue from each of its users. But what if you offered a company not just your photos and updates, but your entire genome? Then you could be worth as much as $20,000. That’s my rough calculation for what Genentech could pay direct-t... [More]

Pharma and Biotech Firms Hacked

by jeeg 2. December 2014 19:38
  For more than a year, a group of cybercriminals has been pilfering email correspondence from more than 100 organizations — most of them publicly traded health care or pharmaceutical companies — apparently in pursuit of information significant enough to affect global financial m... [More]

Anonymous Genetic Profiles Aren't Completely Anonymous

by jeeg 28. February 2014 22:32
Today it is easy for long-forgotten photos or personal information to live online indefinitely. But what if the most personal data about you – your genetic makeup – lived online? An individual's genome contains a vast amount of information about inherited diseases and physical tra... [More]

New Encryption Technique Promises to Keep Your Genetic Data Secure- For Now

by jeeg 18. February 2014 17:09
Our genetic codes — the string of nucleotide “letters” that comprise our genomes — contain information about which diseases we may be susceptible to, or, what health conditions we have a predisposition for. However, this information is not absolute; having a gene or series ... [More]

FTC chief targets firms with vast databases

by jeeg 21. August 2013 21:37
Edith Ramirez, the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, said on Monday that her agency will aggressively police companies with control over large databases of personal information. In a speech at the Technology Policy Institute's annual conference, she said that being able to store and ana... [More]

Your genetic make up to be stored, without consent, for profit

by jeeg 30. April 2013 20:41
    Dr Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch UK, warned at a MedConfidential event in London that, beyond electronically storing patient records, the next step for the UK is linking these records with DNA and genetic information on an all-in-one database. It is already public policy,... [More]
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