Nimble Diagnostics for DNA testing?

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I'm looking for a DNA testing company that doesn't share my genetic information with third parties and Nimble Diagnostics in Amsterdam claim very clearly that they do not share data without written permission.

I'm wondering if anyone else has used them and how they found it, and any general impressions as they don't have much information online. There's one very negative comment on their website that implies they offer pretty poor service.

My other question is: how easy is it for law enforcement in Europe to access genetic data? I know US-based companies will share data in the event of violent crime or in identifying a body, but also that, in the past, law enforcement officers have accessed those companies as users to browse other people's data. Obviously I'm not OK with that or I wouldn't be asking this question!
in The Tree House by Tracy Hope G2G6 (6.5k points)

4 Answers

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LivingDNA say

"At Living DNA we take the job of looking after your data very seriously. We’re committed to your privacy and security at all times. You are always in control of your information and how it is used, we never share your data (including your DNA) with third parties without your prior consent. You can also ask to delete your data whenever you like."

Never heard of Nimble Diagnostics.
by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (632k points)
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There are quite a lot of reviews on their prenatal gender testing service on the internet (just google Nimble diagnstics) That's a field that I assume they have a 50% chance of success. Reviews are pretty mixed.

I'm not sure how easy it will be for law enforcement agencies within the EU to access DNA data, GDPR would presumably apply...however, I suspect it might vary from country to country and I suspect that loopholes might be found in some places.

But where is this company? Is it a Franchise or what?




Wellington, NewZealand?

or the generic, no place stated?

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
Interesting; I didn't notice they have multiple locations. Given that so far no one has heard of them and the few bits of information I've found, I suspect they're not as reputable as the big names.
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All of the big testing companies have TOS/Privacy Policies regarding access or sharing. You control how you share your information at all of the companies.

Read through the terms of service and privacy first. then when you chose a company to go with, carefully walk through your personal privacy settings on each site to ensure your personal settings are as you would like them.

Always remember though, that no company can guarantee any information they hold private is completely private since sites can be hacked.

by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (464k points)
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I would say the simple answer regarding Nimble Diagnostics is "no".

They seem to be mainly focussed on paternity testing and give very little detail about how their "ancestry" testing is carried out.  It is very expensive and I cannot see any details on their web pages that indicate how the results would be much use to you. They only seem to talk about the nearly useless "ethnicity" type answers.

There is nothing (apart from ethics and maybe the occasional law) stopping law enforcement officers submitting samples to any of the testing companies under fake identities. If you don't want want to be compared then do not take any tests. If you make your test results private then you also cannot compare with others and so they become largely useless for your own purposes.

And, as far as I know, none of them "share" dna results with law enforcement; law enforcement run the same tests as other testers - as you noted in your original question.

Where they might share your actual dna with 3rd parties would be more likely with medical companies, but you have not mentioned that as a concern.


by Cameron Davidson G2G4 (4.1k points)
edited by Cameron Davidson

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