De-anonymizing Genomic Databases Using Phenotypic Traits

  title={De-anonymizing Genomic Databases Using Phenotypic Traits},
  author={Mathias Humbert and K{\'e}vin Huguenin and Joachim Hugonot and Erman Ayday and Jean-Pierre Hubaux},
People increasingly have their genomes sequenced and some of them share their genomic data online. They do so for various purposes, including to find relatives and to help advance genomic research. An individual’s genome carries very sensitive, private information such as its owner’s susceptibility to diseases, which could be used for discrimination. Therefore, genomic databases are often anonymized. However, an individual’s genotype is also linked to visible phenotypic traits, such as eye or… CONTINUE READING
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