23andMe reverses decision to automatically tell customers about their relatives

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The genetic testing service 23andMe is reversing a controversial policy change that would have begun informing its clients of their close genetic relatives — potentially even revealing close relatives that they weren’t aware they had. Vox published a feature on 23andMe’s service last week, describing one instance in which it led to a couple divorcing after the birth of an earlier child came to light. At the time, this close relatives services required that users opt into it, both in order to find relatives and be found by relatives. But 23andMe had planned to automatically enable the service for all new users beginning Friday. Existing users would have been told of the change and given the opportunity to opt out.

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