If I did a DNA test for someone else and the person has passed how can I find out information on the test?

+9 votes
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in The Tree House by Grace Zachary G2G Crew (730 points)
recategorized by Keith Hathaway
Which company did you test with?
Can you login to the account the test resides with?
It was with Ancestry.com. Thank you very much for your help.
Ancestry.com. Thanks
Ancestry.com. Thank you.

2 Answers

+6 votes
You may need to show proof of inheritance.  In some cases privacy laws extend to a person even after death.  (there is a thing called estate rights).

You may have to provide the company with a death certificate of the person in question.  

If you match to the person, do you not see the information you need?

How it is handled may vary by country or state:

http://journal.ahima.org/2013/04/01/accessing-deceased-patient-health-records-faq/

http://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/7-information-and-health-privacy-law/deceased-individuals

https://books.google.com/books?id=2SDqxAt1PXUC&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=who+can+have+access+to+dna+after+death+of+individual&source=bl&ots=S8TqHsG_eH&sig=L7LjT-O9fR_EUcQaclRtvObKnMU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwipsLbo8pLUAhXI5YMKHZ8UCsgQ6AEIXzAG#v=onepage&q=who%20can%20have%20access%20to%20dna%20after%20death%20of%20individual&f=false
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (652k points)
It was with Ancestry.com. Thanks for your help.
+5 votes
Contact the testing company and inform them that the person has died. They may require a copy of the death certificate or court documents showing that you are an heir to the estate. They will inform you of the steps you need to take to gain access to the account.

It might also be helpful to read the terms of service before you contact the company, so you know up front what they expect in this regard. Sometimes, if you are the person who purchased the test, that will help to establish your right to have access, now.
by Pamela Lloyd G2G6 Mach 3 (39.5k points)

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