Security of genomic data

Genomic testing generates a huge amount of data on a person that needs to be stored and transferred securely.


Genomic testing generates a huge amount of data on an individual, including sensitive personal information. While genomic data is anonymised, it is not truly unidentifiable and can be linked to the individual by anyone with access to the right tools or information. This means that it’s very important for laboratories to keep data secure and ensure that only necessary personnel have access to identifiable information. 



Genomic testing has an entire ecosystem of processes, which includes sequencing, analysis, interpretation and then counselling and delivering results to patients.

The data that comes off the sequencing machines can’t be used as is, it needs to be analysed and processed and also annotated before it’s useful for a genomicist or a clinician.

The security of genomic data is paramount. It’s very important to follow procedures and best practices to ensure that data is handled correctly, in a safe manner and also transferred safely.


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Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, December 2018.
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