Inherently identifiable: Is it possible to anonymize health and genetic data?
Nearly 25 million people have taken an at-home DNA testing kit and shared that data with one of four ancestry and health databases.
With this proliferation of genetic testing and biometric data collection, there should be an increased scrutiny of the practices used to deidentify this data. Biometric data, namely genetic information and health records, is innately identifiable.
But can biometric data ever truly be anonymized, what are the methods of deidentification and best practices, and the current state of biometric data under the EU General Data Protection Regulation?