Family Tree Shares DNA Test Results, Consumers Allege

Law360, New York (May 14, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT) -- DNA testing company Family Tree was hit with a proposed class action Monday in an Alaska federal court alleging it violates state privacy law by posting the results of customers' genetic tests on public websites.

Lead plaintiff Michael Cole alleges that Gene by Gene Ltd., which does business as Family Tree, discloses customers' highly sensitive genetic information by publishing it on publicly available websites in violation of Alaska's Genetic Privacy Act, according to the complaint.

"Family Tree's practice of releasing information about its consumers' genetic makeup — without their permission — carries serious and irreversible privacy risks," the complaint said....

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