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Cofounder Reflects On Why He Created Secret Sequence

Feb 28, 2019

My connection to genetics has always been intensely personal. As I was growing up, I watched my grandfather slowly deteriorate due to Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative genetic disease. He started to slouch. Instead of the confident strides he once took, he slowly shuffled, barely able to lift his legs off the floor. His hands shook…

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FamilyTreeDNA FBI Scandal

Feb 15, 2019

According to a recent article from the New York Times, FamilyTreeDNA, a top player in the Direct-To-Consumer genetics space, has admitted to giving the FBI access to it’s digital genetic database  for the purpose of solving crimes. But this disclosure has set off outrage from their customer base, as many believed their information would stay…

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Protecting Online Privacy – Part 1: VPNs

Feb 5, 2019

This is the first in a series of blog posts we’ll be publishing on the topic of protecting your privacy online. Secret Sequence puts privacy first, and it’s important to us that our users understand how to protect themselves online. We hope the following will be helpful in protecting yourself online. What is a VPN?…

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What Is A Warrant Canary Anyway?

Jan 17, 2019

You may have noticed the above image on our website. (If you don’t see an image of a canary, something may have happened. Read on for more) So what is it and why do we have it? What Is A Warrant Canary? A warrant canary is an image, text passage, or some other media indicating…

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Pharmaceutical Giant Invests $300 MILLION in 23andme

Jan 7, 2019

Big Pharma Wants Your Data Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced in 2018 that they would be partnering with Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing Company 23andme. While this partnership may seem harmless on the surface, it underscores the business model of most Direct-to-Consumer genetics companies. Who Owns You? According to medical ethics experts, the real question is, “Who…

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Four Ways To Protect Your Data Online

Dec 21, 2018

In the age of Big Data, it is important to practice good “digital hygiene” Digital data is the currency of the internet. Your data tells companies where you go, what you do and what you buy. Wherever you go online, you can bet companies are tracking your every move. They are always looking to find…

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Surprise! Another Huge Hack with Stolen Identities

Dec 3, 2018

This Friday, November 30th,  Marriott revealed that they were hacked for hundreds of millions of their customer records and data. According to an ABC News article: “The information of as many as 500 million people staying at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott says it’s uncovered unauthorized access that’s been taking place within its…

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How Much Are Your Genes Worth?

Nov 19, 2018

The short answer is – a lot. Just not to you. By some estimates, a person’s genome may be worth up to $50,000. The Direct To Consumer genetics companies know the value of genetic data. Their business models are determined by the value of the data that they can commercialize. They know they can make…

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You Can’t Participate Unless You Share

May 22, 2018

A relatively new form of currency is being used on a daily basis by nearly 3.5 billion people world wide.  No, this is not another article on cryptocurrencies, although it would be nice if they had that large of a user base.  Do you think you might know what currency is being referred to in…

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