Squirrel away your DNA

Protect your genetic privacy when taking 23andMe, Ancestry, or other direct-to-consumer genetic test

Squirrel holding DNA as an analogy for protecting your genetic privacy when taking consumer genetic tests

Use it don't lose it:
Genetic testing vs. Privacy

23andMe, AncestryDNA and other direct-to-consumer genetic tests analyze parts of your DNA to provide you with fun, interesting, and potentially helpful insight into your one-of-a-kind biology. What can (and can’t) these tests really tell you? What makes them so risky when it comes to privacy? DNASquirrel is here to help.

Looking for a nut?

Ancestry? Health? Trivia? What do you want to use your DNA for?

See the forest

What are the risks of sharing your DNA with 23andMe or Ancestry?

Squirrel away your DNA

Can you participate while still safeguarding your genetic privacy?

Step into the wild

23andMe, AncestryDNA and other direct-to-consumer DNA testing services promise unheralded insight into your ancestral history, your health and physiology, and into what makes you uniquely you. While these tests don’t quite live up to their hype just yet, they do offer an interesting and potentially valuable window into your biology at a surprisingly low cost.

At DNASquirrel we advocate for ANONYMOUS direct-to-consumer genetic testing ONLY. In other words, genetic testing where the service provider is UNABLE to connect your identity to your genetic profile. Not just WANTS to protect your privacy, not just CLAIMS to be able to protect your privacy, but is UNABLE to inadvertently leak or purposely expose your identity.

What can I do to safeguard my genetic privacy? How can I take 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or other genetic test anonymously? What should I do if I’ve already signed up for one of these services?

Behind the Squirrel

Who’s behind the websites and apps we use?

As individuals we are choosing to share greater amounts of information about ourselves online. Sharing helps us build rich online communities. But giving up detailed personal information is increasingly a requirement before accessing the websites, apps and services we depend on. Despite demanding more transparency from us as individuals, commercial (and other) entities are becoming increasingly opaque about who they are and what they wish to achieve. This is a recipe for trouble.

So who’s behind the Squirrel?