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From: "Lowe DNA" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] Database Privacy
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2003 01:41:23 -0600
I hope not..."record transfer" is a question we have not thought about.
but can not anticipate the future..
We have the utmost faith in FTDNA as they are our company of choice for
our LOWE project...and three more SURNAME project we want to begin in
the near future.....
FTDNA has treated us well and answered all our questions quickly,
professionally, and their online site and support is light years ahead
of everyone else's.....and as you note the DNA samples are in storage
for 25 years.
For my experiences, I believe that the FTDNA business philosophy and
practices to date will only serve to increase their customer appeal
and that will lead to a proportional increase in the number of SURNAME
projects they support.
Additionally from my earlier thread, I believe that when FTDNA returns
the DNA results and their analysis to me, it is my responsibility as a
project coordinator to post the DNA results at my LOWE website, or YBASE,
by the oldest ancestors SURNAME ancestor and geographic homestead to keep
my LOWE project participants and other cousins informed... Thus I determine
who has access to our information and still retain the privacy of our test
individuals....and free up FTDNA to do what they are best at...testing and
analysis and not releasing information that nullifies their privacy
We look forward to a great future and partnership with FTDNA.
From: Georgia K. Bopp [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 8:58 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Database Privacy
FTDNA says the DNA belongs to the customer and they store it for 25 years
(for future upgrades) - other companies apparently do not keep the sample
(or not for long).
Of course, the question is, if FTDNA went out of business - would they send
the DNA back to the customers?
Presumably if they sold the business they would stipulate that the buyer
keep the original agreement with the customer - but I don't know what would
> What is of some interest, is a DNA testing company going out of business
> and selling its assets and databases to a rival firm in another state or
> country.....who is bound to privacy then ??... Is the receiver of this DNA
> information prohibited from selling this set of DNA results with names to
> an insurance firm or medical database supplier...
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