African DNA follows the most stringent guidelines for privacy. African DNA controls
the Surnames Database Library and test scores, while the University of Arizona controls
and maintains your genetic assets on our behalf. Therefore, there is a double safety
net. The first is maintained by African DNA according to State legislation guidelines
and the other is maintained by the University of Arizona which is bound by both
State and Federal privacy and confidentiality legislation.
African DNA accepts the responsibility to keep your specific data private, at the
same time, making enough general information public to allow us to build a Surnames
Database library to be used for genealogical purposes.
To accomplish this African DNA allows you to do the following: Your order
will contain typical order information, allowing us to contact you if an exact genetic
match is found, (provided you have signed the Release Form) now or in the future.
This contact information, like a typical order, will require a physical address
and an email address.
Privacy and Confidentiality Statement
Your unique locator number will accompany your collection tube to the testing lab.
The computer-generated number and your surname (i.e. Smith, Brown, Gates) is the
only information about you that the testing facility will see. Once your test has
been completed, the results of the Y-DNA or mtDNA will be entered in a secure database.
A comparison between your specific genetic markers and those of others in the database
will then be performed.
If a genetic match is found between you and another individual who enters the library
at some time in the future, both will be given the information that a potential
match is in the database provided that BOTH of you have signed the Release Form.
Only if both parties agree will contact information concerning the separate parties
be made available to the other party. In this way, all persons in the database will
have the right to decide if they want to contact their probable genetic match(es).
Your unique number and your surname but no other information is all that the lab
will be provided by African DNA.
Only African DNA will have the ability to cross-reference your unique test kit number
with the personal information you provided us in order to determine the names and
contact information of family match(es). Privacy and confidentiality will be strictly
A "relevant match"as stated in the Release Form is either one of the following:
23/25, 24/25 and 25/25.
The results on each match page are from both AfricanDNA and FamilyTreeDNA customer
databases, consequently not everyone listed on the page has tested with AfrcianDNA
but the comparative results are available to you thru the combined databases of