As part of the emerging personal genetics industry, where regulations and best practices are still being defined, Athletigen has a unique responsibility. We have the opportunity to define the standards, policies, and practices we will abide by – striking a balance between fulfilling our mission to deliver genetics to all athletes and doing so in a responsible and ethical manner. We have decided to take this opportunity to challenge ourselves to abide by all applicable legislation and policies, as well as help define the standard in this industry.
Please read our Privacy Statement and Terms of Service for all the details, but here are our guiding principles regarding how we choose to operate as the industry regulations, expectations, and best practices continue to develop:
- We believe that genetic data should be held to the highest standard of privacy and security. We adhere to the US Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), undergo annual self-imposed privacy and security audits, and have an internal Privacy Officer. We work with the best possible partners to provide a safe and secure mechanism for your data to be collected, analyzed, and stored.
- We will obtain your explicit consent before providing your personal information (registration, genetic, environmental, self-reported, etc.) to any third party.
- We do everything in our power to ensure our services are not used for talent identification purposes. There is zero scientific evidence that genetics can be used to determine what sport or fitness regime an individual should participate in. We strive to prevent this through education, informed consent, and in the way we present your results to you.
- We hold ourselves to the highest scientific standards and ensure that all traits we report are backed by peer reviewed studies. We are transparent on the level of consensus in the scientific community for each trait that we report on. We also work closely with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that traits we report and the way we communicate them are not presented or interpreted to be diagnostic.
- As a member of the emerging personal genetics industry, where the applications and potential of this science are still being defined, we must be conservative in our claims and transparent in our practices. While we strive to educate and communicate with each and every customer, we recognize that you still may have questions – some of which have no clear answers yet. We invite you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any and all questions, concerns, or ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.