The Pentagon is advising it’s military service members against using popular at-home DNA testing kits due to the possible “unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission.”
DIY home DNA test kits might be able to show where your ancestors may have come from, but they can also compromise the privacy of your descendants for generations yet to come.
The boom in popularity of such kits has raised ethical and legal issues, since some companies have shared this data with law enforcement or sold it to third parties. The Defense Department is now expressing its own concerns about these kits.
“Exposing sensitive genetic information to outside parties poses personal and operational risks to Service members,” says the Dec. 20 memo signed by Joseph D. Kernan, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and James N. Stewart, the assistant secretary of defense for manpower.