DNA Testing Customer Says Privacy Row Ideal For Class Cert.

Law360, New York (January 19, 2017, 10:44 PM EST) -- A consumer accusing DNA testing company Gene by Gene of illegally posting the results of customers' genetic tests on public websites asked an Alaska federal judge Wednesday to certify a class of nearly 900 individuals whose information was allegedly exposed, calling the dispute a "textbook case" for certification.

Michael Cole sued Gene by Gene Ltd., which operates the Family Tree DNA brand and website, in 2014, alleging that the company runs afoul of Alaska's Genetic Privacy Act by publishing customers' highly sensitive genetic information on publicly available websites without their informed and written consent. Gene by Gene has countered that Cole has failed to...

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