23andMe Make Up The Test Results Please keep in mind that 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki, is the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.Google uses your Web searches, Picasa and Google+ photos, Gmail messages, YouTube feed, Blogger blog, etc. to get data on you and your family. 23andMe RIPOFF!! SCAM!! REPORTS FALSE AND UN-TRUE (AVOID THIS SCAM)23ANDME is a RIPOFF! RIPOFF! RIPOFF!. It’s a SCAM!!! It’s a SCAM!!! I bought one of their $99 test kits that will break down my genetics and tell me my chances of getting ill from certain cancers and heart disease. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the test results. TOTALY FALSE! They make these numbers up! I called them for a refund and I was insulted by Andy Page who refused to return my money. I had my tests done somewhere else and the results were totally different.
I called them again and a technician by the name of “Arnab Chowdry “ secretly told me that the results are made up and no actual genetic study is done. Anne “The founder of this scam” he told me, made up the idea when they where dating each other. I want to make myself available for any class action lawsuits against this FRAUD!. Report Copyright Violation Re: 23andMe Make Up The Test Results Since the results are made up and no actual genetic study is done, 23andMe depend on a marketing team and internet shills to sell their scam. DNA Ancestry Tests Branded ‘Meaningless’The TelegraphCustomers are being charged up to £300 to learn whether they have links to famous people or societies despite the fact many of the tests are not backed up by scientific evidence, experts said.The amount of DNA any individual inherits from relatives just a few steps up their family tree is negligible compared with the vast amount we all share from common ancestors. It means any ancestral “history” identified by a simple genetic test is just one of dozens of possible interpretations, and to try to trace our lineage directly through our genes is “absurd”, they claimed. Private genetic tests have become big business in recent years, with many companies offering tests which claim to identify whether people are related to famous figures such as Napoleon or Cleopatra, or have DNA from specific racial groups.
A warning about the accuracy of the tests was made by the Sense About Science campaign group, which said “such histories are either so general as to be personally meaningless or they are just speculation from thin evidence.”The warning was backed by a number of leading genetics experts.
Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at UCL said: “On a long trudge through history – two parents, four great-grandparents, and so on – very soon everyone runs out of ancestors and has to share them.”His colleague Prof Mark Thomas said: ” These claims are usually planted by the companies that provide these so-called tests and are not backed up by published scientific research.
This is business, and the business is genetic astrology. ”Tracey Brown, Director of Sense About Science added: “ Genetics researchers are telling us that you are better off digging around in your loft than doing a DNA ancestry test if you want to find out about your family tree. ” Re: 23andMe Make Up The Test Results With Google’s data mining, the test results are either a lucky guess or they get it all wrong. If they get it all wrong, 23andMe’s shills are sent out to give you a nightmare.Come, come, come, class action lawsuit against 23andMe.
Google’s Plan To Take Over The WorldBusiness InsiderGoogle isn’t just the backbone of the Internet anymore. It’s rapidly becoming the backbone of your entire life, all thanks to data you’re voluntarily giving up to a private company based on your Web searches, photos, Gmail messages, and more. After spending three days at I/O this week, it became more apparent than ever that unless millions (billions?) of people suddenly change their mind and start using alternative tech tools, or unless the government steps in waving the anti-trust banner, our lives, our history, and our personal wealth could be managed by one company –– Google . Google Now scans your email and knows when your Amazon package is arriving. It knows what sports scores to show you based on the teams you’ve searched for.
It knows what stock prices to show you based on the companies you search for. It scans your calendar and reminds you when to leave to make your appointment on time. And all that data is delivered to you without you having to ask. [ Re: 23andMe Make Up The Test Results According to this article, the testing services are not regulated in any way. Alarmingly, some of the companies use the DNA tests for their own purposes. They might share them with other organisations for research and other companies for commercial benefit.
Some keep DNA records for up to 20 years. Expensive Online DNA Tests Are ‘No More Accurate Than Horoscopes’London Evening StandardThe consumer group Which? has found that DNA testing websites, which are part of a booming industry in tracing family trees, are not as harmless as they may appear.Experts at Which? Computing sent DNA samples to four companies, two from a man and two from a woman.The firms used by Which? included 23andMe.
com, Oxfordancestors.com, Ancestry.
co.uk and DNAsolutions.co.uk.Which? Computing editor Sarah Kidner said: ‘One company, 23andMe, seemed to be hedging its bets when it said that the DNA sample came from somebody of Polish, Arab or Irish decent.One customer, Penny Law, was fascinated by the growth in the DNA heritage industry and decided to have three tests done.
But the results from each company were so different, she concluded they might be a rip-off and at best should be treated as fun.
One suggested her origins were in East Asia, another said Spain and the last came up with the Near East.
Miss Law, deputy editor of Ancestors magazine, said: ‘All the companies were working from the same DNA with the same technology, so to come back with different results is suspicious. Heritage DNA tests should be treated as fun. You can’t rely on them.’ [ We Are All “Related” To Romans, Vikings, Egyptians & Attila The HunSense About ScienceGenetics researchers say that commercial DNA tests cannot provide accurate stories about personal ancestry.
Part of a rapidly growing interest in deep ancestry, commercial ‘genetic ancestry tests’ offer people a profile of their genetic history based on a DNA sample for around £200.
The test findings tell people that they have links to groups such as Aboriginals or Vikings, to particular migrations of people and sometimes to famous figures such as Napoleon or Cleopatra. But the researchers warn that such histories are either so general as to be personally meaningless or they are just speculation from thin evidence.David Balding, Professor of Statistical Genetics, UCL Genetics Institute: “Be wary of news items about genetic history – that someone famous is related to the Queen of Sheba or a Roman soldier. Often these come from PR material provided by genetic testing companies and can be trivial, exaggerated or just plain wrong. Genetic relatedness isn’t very meaningful beyond a handful of generations away, because the amount of DNA you share with a very distant relative is negligible compared with the huge amount of DNA we all share from our common ancestors.
” “Ancestry is complicated and very messy. Genetics is even messier. The Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA contain little information about an individual’s ancestry.
The idea that we can read our ancestry directly from our genes is absurd. In recent months there has been a spate of newspaper, TV and radio stories about famous people being descended from other famous people, or cool groups like Vikings.
But these claims are usually planted by the companies that provide these so-called tests and are not backed up by published scientific research.
This is business, and the business is genetic astrology.” [ ( OP )User ID: 12016936 Seems like 23andMe’s evil has been exposed to the light.Like an exorcism. Hmmm.Lots of people were robbed of a fortune, in the hopes of finding lost relatives.Justice must be done.
Anonymous Coward Amazon Customer Reviews:23andMe Personal Genome Service: DNA Test for Health and Ancestry InformationThey can’t read my DNA, August 9, 2013By Stillwater JohnEven after sending me a replacement test they can’t read my DNA. They are offering to refund the money I paid for the test but offered NO explanation as to why they couldn’t read it. I followed the directions to the letter both times.
This concerns me.IT Admin says:The verbage “NO explanation as to why they couldn’t read it,” uses the term they indicating the company could not read the DNA samples. 2 sent and zero results. Its possible this fellow doesn’t use facebook, twitter, or other social network sites and they couldn’t acquire a picture with hair and eye color. And maybe they didn’t have all 850 answers to the optional questionaire filled in to use for analysis and had to really on their (their = 23 and me employees) technologically advanced equipment.
Stillwater John says: It is true I don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account and I didn’t fill out their questionnaires ahead of time but I would like to think that isn’t the reason they couldn’t read my DNA. [ Google spies on You! Beware!Google’s just the “discount” portion of the NSA’s spy program. Instead of supercomputers and high end listening equipment, they use Linux servers and clueless masses.Beyond the cute startup story, there is a mass of mathematicians and data analysts. Where else are they used in such great numbers? It’s competitors started out with web designers, Google started out with folks that would be easy NSA recruits.
Which of course, they had been… Quoting: falldown Not just the NSA..
. One key Reptilian who works at 23andme, use Google technology to map out Human DNA…Linda Avey – [ link to www.23andme.com (secure) ] Keep an eye on her, she’s been in the Biotech industry and Human genome mapping for decades.
.. Sergey Brin’s wife seems pretty cool, she is a co-founder, but I don’t trust Linda Avey. She looks and acts so evil. Even Anne seems to have insider information on Google (Why exactly did she rent out her garage to the Google co-founders? Kind of convenient, without foresight of the economic success) Fuck google. It’s main purpose used to be to scour and cache the entire internet..
their current database sucks now, web content is removed immediatly… it’s like a monopoly on information.It’s NSA all the way.
Quoting: Tryptamind don’t give them your dna. Anonymous CowardUser ID: 1534721 United States Reptilians at 234 are using the dna u send them to clone you just like arnold movie.
vlones will be released and take over for you . Canada 23andMe THIS COMPANY IS A RIPOFF! AVOID THIS COMPANY! THEY ARE SCAMMING YOU!! THEY ARE FAKE!! Mountain View california 23ANDME !!SCAMMED ME OUT OF $99!! GET YOUR MONEY BACK NOW!!! DON’T TRUST THEM!! I was in shock when I bought my kit. I paid $99 for a genetic test kit that is supposed to tell me what I will most likely die from about a year ago. My test results showed that I was a possible candidate for heart disease. I am only about 80 pounds overweight and feel just fine.
As soon as I noticed the other Ripoff Reports I realized that I too was scammed by 23andMe.com. I am going to call them and get my money back for the bogus test they provided me.
23AndMe.com should be shut down.
I noticed many other websites with complaints, cease and diciest orders, and more against 23andMe. THEY USE THE QUESTIONER TO MAKE UP RESULTS.
HOW DO I KNOW? I ASKED SOMEONE THAT WORKS THERE AND THEY TOLD ME. Possibly if 23andMe was accredited or approved by a reputable consumer protection website (such as this one) then, I can trust their results. As long as they are not approved by this website they should be avoided. I will wait to see how they respond and what happens.Thank goodness for this website’s ability to allow me to speak my mind freely without any fear of retribution. Websites like this one protect us from genetic scammer’s who make up results in order to make us pay for nothing. I couldn’t care less if this report makes them shut their doors forever! I don’t care that it can never be removed! I’m not happy and I want my $99 back! [ link to www.ripoffreport.
including your IP address, operating system, your ISP, browser type, cookies, anything you mention in your emails to customer support, and worst of all: web beacons. These are special cookies that track all of your browsing history.
A cookie from Facebook can instantly give 23andMe access to your FB profile name. Any profile picture you post on 23andMe can be downloaded by an app developer. App developers are given access to your traits. How many people in a specific zip code of a small town have 1) red, curly hair 2) are good at sprinting 3) have bad teeth 4) poor memory 5) and diabetes? All of this data — combined with your “web behavior and genetic information — makes it incredibly easy for any app developer (or drug company) to identify you (even if the developer (technically) only has access to your “anonymous” id number).
It is especially easy to identify males who have some sort of relatively uncommon disease. This is a big issue in politics right now.
It is called “re-identification” in case you want to learn more about it. You can also google “23andMe’s API.” Overall, 23andMe’s privacy FAQ is very misleading, and possibly illegal.—johny q says:P.
S. Thinking about it some more, I realized that anyone with a free developer account could probably identify a large number of users very quickly simply by making a HTTP GET request for the .jpg profile picture method of as many user IDs as possible. Then run the images through TinyEye (do they have an API?) or another reverse image search engine.
..most people tend to reuse their social network profile pictures on multiple sites…and as a result many LinkedIn and Facebook profiles would pop up. I was thinking about trying to do a proof of concept and setting up a fake developer account…but I’ve already spent too much time and money dealing with this company.—Susan Doran says:You have done a very, very good thing in researching, and taking the time to share about, this. I was googling 23andme and Facebook because I saw today that Facebook is now inserting a 23andme cookie on your computer when you log into Facebook. They are not doing this with ANY other company.
There are other ways Facebooks partners in data collection with many companies (and I do know a lot about this, in detail, through the professional industry I work in) BUT this is the only company for whom Facebook immediately inserts a cookie.
However, 23andme, Facebook, and Google share personnel and more. SO—if you use Facebook you ARE providing Facebook data as well as browsing behavior data to 23andme. You must delete the 234anme cookie when you sign onto Facebook, or you will be sending them your data. Another word to the wise–adding to this valuable review.
—johny q says:Thanks for informing us about the 23andMe Facebook Cookie! This is taking it to another whole level (also…lets not forget that Google is financing 23andMe !). So, if the Attorney General won’t investigate this matter..
.what do you think we should do? I think its great that people are sharing tips on how to circumvent 23andMe’s policies…but if Facebook is as involved as you say it is, then this must be brought to the public’s attention immediately — especially seeing as how 23andMe has the financial backing to continue to air commercials on TV.—Susan Doran says:So, yesterday I not only posted here on Amazon, I also posted on Facebook itself, about the 23andme cookie inserted onto your computer when you sign onto Facebook (plus links to 2 relevant articles–one quotes 23andMe president Andy Page, dismissing people’s expressed privacy concerns by saying: “I view this as a tidal wave of inevitable data” – and one from Forbes “For 23andMe, The Real Value Could Be In Its Data”). And…after 5-7 days of deleting the 23andme cookie every time upon upon signing into Facebook–multiple times per day–the cookie is now gone. Facebook appears no longer to be inserting the cookie.
It’s possible the cookie has been renamed with a Facebook cookie name, rather than as 23andme. But for now, it’s gone. For whatever it’s worth, I did save a screenshot of the cookies generated by Facebook: 23andme.
sp1.convertro.com (Cookie Name: cvo_vfb). I wish I had not publicized it on Facebook.
..would have been better to contact my member of congress, or, as you say, a media outlet like businessinsider.com first. To see whether it’s on your computer on Firefox Go to: Tools>Options>remove individual cookies>Search Facebook. And 23andme.sp1.convertro.com (Cookie Name: cvo_vfb) will pop up.
For the hell of it save a screenshot too, so I’m not the only one, for whatever it’s worth.
then hit Remove All Cookies.23andme is on fire. Just 3 days ago it was announced that Anne Wojcicki (23andme founder and Sergey Brin’s soon-to-be former wife) will be the Keynote at the 2014 SXSW.Incidentally, 23andme has raised more than $150 million – backed by both Facebook and Google founders and top-level execs – but that’s old news :)—Nancy says:I was removed from a Yahoo group when I cautioned two people who were encouraged by the moderator to buy the 23andMe test. After the fact, I realized 23andMe paid the moderator to advertise on their yahoo site. Many yahoo moderators are perceived to be caring authorities on specific health topics, and subscribers have a relationship of trust in them.
I’m sorry to see that a few of these moderators would “sell out” their followers who are not healthy for financial gain from 23and Me. It seems rather sneaky.—Frank Anderson says:Susan, my local grocery store has a survey to entice a customer to fill out the online survey. Wow! does it ask a lot of questions. I started it and had to stop it was so long and personal.—zigzagr says: This company is backed by GOOGLE. I wouldn’t put it past Google to create a DNA database using 23andme’s results and charge law enforcement for the data.
Do not trust Google. Google does not respect privacy. They profit from it.
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