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An old man in a chair explains clearly how, and why, antibody testing might leave people open to having their DNA stored, and sold.
Dr Vernon Coleman.
 

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Doesn't that happen anyway?
 

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Not if you don't let people sample your DNA.
 

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And why should I be concerned about my DNA? Itsnot like i do anything stupid with it...like give it to children...

I no longer understand anything.
 
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Insurance companies would love to know about our illnesses.
I'm for everyone being chipped. Not likely to happen though.

Add that to the GPS tracking technology and we will know EXACTLY where everyone is.

I do love technology. Don't you, Winston, Julia ?
 

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What if you don't have a mobile phone? How does track and trace work then, for example?
 

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What if you don't have a mobile phone? How does track and trace work then, for example?
Via someone saying they were with you.
 

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An old man in a chair explains clearly how, and why, antibody testing might leave people open to having their DNA stored, and sold.
Dr Vernon Coleman.
I share concern with DNA being stored but he seems a bit swivel eyed to me. He makes the claim that since his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer his internet browsing has been "bombarded" with ads for things relating to cancer and funerals and feels it is his wife's medical history. Is that even possible?isnt it more likely to be relating to keyword searches and/or browsing.
 

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... He makes the claim that since his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer his internet browsing has been "bombarded" with ads for things relating to cancer and funerals and feels it is his wife's medical history. Is that even possible?isnt it more likely to be relating to keyword searches and/or browsing.
Yeah it is more likely to do with his browsing history. I do sense he might be a little bit 'not tech savvy' in that respect, but the rest of what he says and a lot of his other work is very good indeed.

I certainly wouldn't describe Dr Vernon Coleman as 'swivel eyed', I think you're being a tad unfair there, he's very well respected and edumicated fellow.
 
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Yeah it is more likely to do with his browsing history. I do sense he might be a little bit 'not tech savvy' in that respect, but the rest of what he says and a lot of his other work is very good indeed.

I certainly wouldn't describe Dr Vernon Coleman as 'swivel eyed', I think you're being a tad unfair there, he's very well respected and edumicated fellow.
I did see his eyes swivel a bit. A bit.
 

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Yeah it is more likely to do with his browsing history. I do sense he might be a little bit 'not tech savvy' in that respect, but the rest of what he says and a lot of his other work is very good indeed.

I certainly wouldn't describe Dr Vernon Coleman as 'swivel eyed', I think you're being a tad unfair there, he's very well respected and edumicated fellow.
I think things could easily be sold or lost, I can potentially see it affecting insurance but I don't think Sharron is not going to let you by a Mars Bar because "computer says no."
 

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I share concern with DNA being stored but he seems a bit swivel eyed to me. He makes the claim that since his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer his internet browsing has been "bombarded" with ads for things relating to cancer and funerals and feels it is his wife's medical history. Is that even possible?isnt it more likely to be relating to keyword searches and/or browsing.
I must admit that I have never had any qualms about my DNA being stored. I fully believe that everyone should carry an i.d. Card and their DNA stored. It would make people think twice about committing crime and, coupled with a voluntary transplant programme, would help find donors for the sick and take a little pressure off the NHS.
 

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Its due to searches.

There must be a way to tackle this.
 

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I must admit that I have never had any qualms about my DNA being stored. I fully believe that everyone should carry an i.d. Card and their DNA stored. It would make people think twice about committing crime and, coupled with a voluntary transplant programme, would help find donors for the sick and take a little pressure off the NHS.
YOU WILL TAKE MY DNA OUT OF MY COLD, DEAD NUCLEI.
 

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... He makes the claim that since his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer his internet browsing has been "bombarded" with ads for things relating to cancer and funerals and feels it is his wife's medical history. Is that even possible?isnt it more likely to be relating to keyword searches and/or browsing.
As a general bit of advice use ad blockers , and addins such as but not limited to
https://privacybadger.org/
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/canvasblocker/
https://disconnect.me/
Don't browse the web logged into google and clear cookies, history etc before closing down - I haven't seen an add on a website in years and never get targeted e-mail adds at all - It's very rare for me to get spam of any kind at all.
Down side is you have to type in password more often and always have to "prove" you are not a robot.
Folk leave the most ridiculous amount of personal crap on computers - I know I have to fix them.
 
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On the DNA point, I do not trust the authorities to store DNA information any better than they store fingerprints - a few years back they lost all records in the UK except for I think it was Devon and Cornwall who hadn't got rid of the old "paper" records like they were supposed to.
The rest got lost in an IT upgrade snafu and it was pretty much hidden in plain sight as the media didn't seem to catch on.
I did just have a google to see if I could provide a link (was early 2000's as I recall) - but, got swamped with the number of hits for leaked and lost records in more recent times.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49343774
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bungling-officials-lost-fingerprints-dna-17994656
https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdof...rprint-and-facial-recognition-records-report/

etc
You get the drift.
 
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I must admit that I have never had any qualms about my DNA being stored. I fully believe that everyone should carry an i.d. Card and their DNA stored. It would make people think twice about committing crime and, coupled with a voluntary transplant programme, would help find donors for the sick and take a little pressure off the NHS.
Hmm. Methinks you might be unaware of the original pilot episodes of 'Max Headroom', and the film 'Coma'.
 
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Thanks lobeydosser.

how do you clear cookies and browser history? My understanding of IT is very small
 

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Different browsers have slightly different settings - so best to google whatever your main one is
Here's a not bad article covering the "main" ones - https://www.howtogeek.com/304218/how-to-clear-your-history-in-any-browser/
Or use a 3rd party program - I tend to use CCleaner (free version) https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/download which can clear all browsers in one go.
It also has some usefull tools for tidying up registry etc - but best left alone if a novice
I would warn though that it has gotten a bit "naggy" in recent years about trying to get you to upgrade to a paid version - always choose a custom install and don't take any extra free trials of anything.
That last bit is my advice on all software programs btw - never, ever take the default "install" always choose custom - whatever comes up preselected was what you were going to get anyway, so you cannot "get it wrong" - that way you can untick anything you don't like the look of.
 
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