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Genes wide open: Data sharing and the social gradient of genomic privacy

This study reports on 13 semistructured in-depth interviews to qualitatively explore the experiences of individuals who publicly shared their direct-to-consumer genetic testing results on the platform openSNP. In particular, we focused on interviewees’ understanding of privacy. Participants reported that the likelihood and the magnitude of privacy harms depend on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, the stigma associated with certain clinical conditions, the existence of adequate legislation, and the nature of national health care systems. Some participants expressed the view that those who enjoy higher socioeconomic status or are better protected by their country’s legislation have a responsibility to share their genetic data. Our study shows that people who share their genetic data publicly online—far from being insensitive to privacy risks—have a complex understanding of the social, relational, and contextual nature of genetic privacy.

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Volume 9, Issue 4
December 2018

Target Articles.

Genes wide open: Data sharing and the social gradient of genomic privacy Tobias Haeusermann, Marta Fadda, Alessandro Blasimme, Bastian Greshake Tzovaras & Effy Vayena
A content analysis of the views of genetics professionals on race, ancestry, and genetics Sarah C. Nelson, Joon-Ho Yu, Jennifer K. Wagner, Tanya M. Harrell, Charmaine D. Royal & Michael J. Bamshad