How safe is your yDNA data?

Family Tree DNA, the host of our DNA Project, is the first genetic genealogy organization to be certified as adhering to the Safe Harbor framework of the U.S. Department of Commerce as required by the European Union's Directive on Data Protection. See link below.

www.familytreedna.com/pdf-docs/FTDNA-Safe-Harbor-Standards-12-08.pdf

There are some risks to having a genetic sequence taken, such as theft or political risk of disclosure of your private information. The risk of unnecessary disclosure with Family Tree DNA, however, is very low, as they are strict adherents to the Safe Harbor framework. The desire to know more about ourselves by conducting this genetic research is unlikely to seriously conflict with the desire of many people to maintain high levels of personal privacy. Unless you are among the more strict adherents to your privacy protection, the disclosures required for genetic testing performed by Family Tree DNA are a small indulgence that will probably not result in any serious breach of privacy ever.