Researchers find flaws in privacy protections for genomic data

01/22/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Researchers were able to identify five of 10 participants in a Utah-based genomic research project using free, publicly available online resources. Moreover, they were able to identify the participants' entire families, according to a report published in Science. The exercise "highlights vulnerabilities in efforts to protect the privacy of participants in genomics (and other genomics) research," NIH researchers wrote in an accompanying commentary.

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