What Does AncestryDNA Do With My Data?

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What Does AncestryDNA Do With My Data?

DNA tests are an increasingly popular way for people to learn about their genealogy and family history, and AncestryDNA is one of the most popular, with over 14 million test kits sold since 2012. These DNA tests are fun and informative, but have you ever thought about what companies like Ancestry do with your DNA?

AncestryDNA says that they keep your identity protected and store your data in a secure location. They do take steps to ensure that your data is safe, but there are risks to submitting your information to any company. Here’s a look at how these tests work and what happens to your data when you submit your DNA for a test.

How Do You Take a DNA Test?

To collect your DNA, AncestryDNA sends customers a kit that includes a plastic tube. While taking care to follow any additional instructions provided, simply take a swab of your saliva, put it in a tube, mix it with a solution that stabilizes the DNA in your saliva and return it to AncestryDNA in the included prepaid envelope. In a few weeks, AncestryDNA emails you the results of your DNA analysis.