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Why the 23andMe Data Breach Is Such a Disaster

Why the 23andMe Data Breach Is Such a Disaster

The consumer DNA harvesting king exposed 6.9 million people’s data. We’ll never know exactly what goes wrong from here.

By Thomas Germain, Gizmodo

Earlier this week, 23andMe admitted that an October hack was dramatically worse than the company initially admitted, affecting 6.9 million people, not the 14,000 it first reported. 23andMe followed up with an early Christmas present for users: a terms of service update that would force people to give up the right to sue the company. The stolen data includes full names, genetic information, and more, but despite the sensitivity of the information, some consumers responded with a shrug. As one TikTok user commented on a video about the subject, “What are they going to do, to clone me?”

Hackers probably won’t use your DNA information to make you a lab-grown baby brother, but experts agree: this hack is a catastrophe.

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