Concerns have arisen as the popularity of genetic testing, which reveals one’s background based on DNA samples, has skyrocketed.
According to Fox News, members of the House Intelligence Commission have warned Americans not to over-share DNA because genetic information could be used in biological weapons targeting certain groups.
Too many young people are willing to share their genetic information with private companies, according to Democratic Congressman Jason Crow.
“Privacy expectations have fallen over the last two decades, so we can’t discuss this without talking about privacy and the protection of commercial data,” he said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday. “Young people really don’t expect much privacy, which polls and data show.”
Specifically, Crow pointed out a company called 23andMe that uses DNA samples to provide information about their background. Private companies may sell the genetic information they collect, but 23andMe has denied the charges, according to lawmakers.
Another member, Republican Senator Joni Ernst, reflected Crow’s sentiment, arguing that the technique could be used by US enemies to target livestock and cause famine. In addition, Ernst argued that US enemies were exploring the possibility of combining AI and drone technology on the battlefield.
“It’s not just a one-time purchase on the Internet, but now there are enemies close to peers who are developing swarm intelligence technologies that can use 100 or 200 different drones. Highly evolved drones. May attack service members. On the battlefield. “
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