"We release information about ourselves without thinking about where it’s going to go and what it means to us," said Jennifer Lynch, a staff lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights group. "And in many instances, I think we release that information for good reason. There’s a lot to be gained by giving up samples of DNA for research purposes."
Lynch said her fear is that something a single researcher did in three to seven hours could easily be automated and used by companies or insurers to make predictions about a person’s risk for disease. Although the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act protects DNA from being used by health insurers and employers to discriminate against people, she and others consider it insufficient.