House Intelligence Committee member Jason Crow (D-CO) told the audience at the Aspen Security Forum Friday that genetic tests like the ones offered by 23andMe could be a security threat. To wit, someone could steal your DNA test from the company and make a personalized bio-weapon against you.
Weapons could be made against entire ethnic groups or even food. I was not a criminal in trying to find out my ancestors’ origins.
#China’s military is almost certainly developing biological weapons targeting specific ethnic groups. Now, it’s possible to design a bioweapon to be used against a specific individual: https://t.co/zXJKRsMLk2. Will the #CCP start assassinating opponents with these #DNA weapons?
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Crow is an ex-Army Ranger and served on three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He believes that Americans are too eager to find out their DNA information and share it with these companies without knowing the risks.
Young folks actually have very little expectation of privacy, that’s what the polling and the data show.
People will very rapidly spit into a cup and send it to 23andMe and get really interesting data about their background. And guess what? Their DNA is now owned by a private company. It can be sold off with very little intellectual property protection or privacy protection and we don’t have legal and regulatory regimes to deal with that.
Still not scared? Crow has more:
There are now weapons under development and developed, that are designed to target specific people.
That’s what this is, where you can actually take someone’s DNA, you know, their medical profile, and you can target a biological weapon that will kill that person or take them off the battlefield or make them inoperable.
As far as I know, I don’t have too many mortal enemies, but I better hope I’m right because I sent in my 23andMe test years ago. My wife refused and said I was an idiot for giving someone else my entire genetic sequence; I called her a conspiracy theorist. Guess who’s laughing now?
She now points out that conspiracy theories upon conspiracy theories have proven to be true over recent years. Anthony Fauci has admitted that the Wuhan virus was possibly created in a laboratory. You would have been immediately removed from social media if you said this one year ago.
Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, was also present at Forum. She decided to terrorize us further with DNA bio-weapons, which could be used for food supply targeting.
Food insecurity is a major cause of anxiety around the globe. We must ensure that human beings are not only protected but also have food.
The good news, if you can call it that, is that 23andMe has repeatedly said it does not sell customer data. In addition, industry heavyweights Ancestry, Habit, Helix, 123andMe, and MyHeritage all signed on to a policy called Privacy Best Practices for Consumer Genetic Testing Services which details “when personally identifiable and anonymous genetic information can be shared with law enforcement (without a warrant) and other third parties,” according to Gizmodo. Unfortunately, there’s no legal oversight or law, so we’re basically just trusting them.
Technology can be frightening, and these observations by Senator Ernst and Representative Crow certainly are eye-opening. Let’s hope the good guys can stay one step ahead of the bad guys.