privacy
MyHeritage Account Data Compromised in “Cybersecurity Incident”
MyHeritage Account Data Compromised in “Cybersecurity Incident”
Catherine Offord | Jun 6, 2018
A security researcher found the email addresses and encrypted passwords of more than 92 million users of the genealogy site on a private server outside the company.
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Catherine Offord | Jun 5, 2018
Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.
NIH Plans to Enroll 1 Million People for Health Database
NIH Plans to Enroll 1 Million People for Health Database
Catherine Offord | May 3, 2018
The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 
Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software
Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software
Catherine Offord | Sep 11, 2017
The tool cannot predict a person’s face from DNA, say researchers—including some listed as coauthors on the publication. 
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2015
December 2015's selection of notable quotes
Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy
Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy
Ruth Williams | Oct 29, 2015
Genomic data shared via the Beacon Project are vulnerable to privacy breaches, scientists show.
Opinion: Public Data, Private Concerns
Opinion: Public Data, Private Concerns
Viviane Callier | May 20, 2015
Research participants aren’t always clear on open data policies when consenting to studies.
Microbiome Fingerprints
Microbiome Fingerprints
Kate Yandell | May 11, 2015
Researchers identify people by the unique combinations of microbes found in and on their bodies.
Judge Wants Info on PubPeer Commenter
Judge Wants Info on PubPeer Commenter
Kerry Grens | Mar 23, 2015
In a defamation lawsuit involving anonymous comments on the post-publication peer review website, a judge requests potentially identifying information.
Court: Scientist’s Emails Are Private
Court: Scientist’s Emails Are Private
Kerry Grens | Apr 22, 2014
Judges rule that climate scientist Michael Mann’s communications are not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.