This guide will go through how to delete your Data from every DNA testing service. This will include deletion instructions for all major consumer testing companies, such as 23andMe, Ancestry, LivingDNA, MyHeritage, and GPS origins.
These companies take serious precautions to protect their users, but one can’t be too careful about these things. Below are a few of the events that have occurred:
For the privacy-focused consumer, it might just be best to delete your data from these sites, but this is a decision you should consider.
23andMe allows you to delete your data, but there are some limitations:
To delete your DATA, login into 23andMe:
Click the Settings tab and scroll down the very bottom. Here you will find the “delete your data” option:
If you click the view link, you can see the permanently delete your data option:
Your DNA data will be permanently deleted after 30 days.
Ancestry allows data deletion with the following limitations:
To have Ancestry delete your spit sample, you must call Member Services to do so.
To delete your account, log into your account. Then navigate to:
This will bring you to the following screen:
Follow the steps to delete your DNA data.
Living DNA requires you to contact them to delete your data/account. There is very little information regarding how their data deletion works and what is retained and how your data is deleted.
You can submit a request at the following URL:
All of DNA deletion at LivingDNA is done manually. Submit a request, and they will take care of it.
“The license you grant to us is not perpetual, and it is revocable as you are able at any time to delete your DNA Results and DNA Reports permanently from the Website and to have us destroy your DNA samples.”
Go to the DNA tab on the top menu bar and select “Manage DNA Kits.”
Click the 3 vertical dots on the kit you want to delete the data and select “delete your data”:
GPS Origins states that your sample is destroyed after they extract your DNA data. To delete the DNA data, you must navigate to the following URL:
I contacted HomeDNA, and they let me know that their IT team would have to process the DNA deletion.
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