Anonymous DNA testing helps protect the identities of the test participants. Whereas secret DNA tests use found DNA specimens that do not require a test participant to be aware that they are participating in a DNA test. It is possible that both may apply to your case — you may wish to conduct an anonymous DNA test while keeping the testing process secret from some or all of the participants.
There are different levels of anonymity. It is easy enough for us to leave your names off of the test report. It is harder, but usually possible, for you to be anonymous to us. Here is some advice to help you maintain your anonymity If you would like to discuss the matter further, kindly order a consultation and state the particulars of your situation in the Order Note field.
- Tell us early-on that you wish to conduct your test anonymously so that we do not ask questions that might compromise your ability to do so.
- Think before you act as it is impossible to un-ring a bell. Do not volunteer information about your case that makes us responsible for obtaining further information about the participants. Not every field on our Client Information Form is required for personal knowledge (a.k.a home) tests. If you think that an item might compromise your anonymity, we encourage you to ask us whether it is required before filling it in.
- The billing contact cannot be an anonymous test participant as he is the owner of the test. The owner assures compliance with our terms and conditions and receives all refunds so must be prepared to show ID upon request. Simply select someone not being tested as your billing contact.
- We have no way to know that the actual test participants live in a country or location that restricts DNA testing unless you inform us as such. We do not require a shipping address if we have nothing to ship, such as when a client has previously purchased testing supplies or chooses to source the supplies locally. It is perfectly OK to buy your testing supplies and then order the actual test under a different name and address. In fact, you are welcome to use our office address to help anonymize your location.
- Similarly, we do not know that a child is a minor unless you inform us of his/her date of birth. If you indicate that a test participant is a minor child and you are not using “found” DNA such as a toothbrush or tissue, then their guardian is required to sign to indicate his or her approval for the collection of the minor child’s specimen. Anonymity can still be maintained as there is no reason for us to know that the guardian is one of the test participants.
- Consider using “found” DNA in situations where directly obtaining a specimen requires verification of informed consent, such as with a minor child. We offer a wide assortment of alternative sources of DNA with which to conduct secret DNA tests.
- You can start-over if you make a mistake. Place a new order and then have the billing contact authorize us to apply his/her prior payment to it. We reserve the right to charge an administrative fee to cover our time.
We do not routinely challenge our clients regarding their identifies, ages and locations. However, if you cause us concern, we have the right and obligation to request IDs, proof that the person presented as the guardian of a minor is in fact so, and to charge you for our time to do so. If your payment is not reversible, we will need to confirm the ID of the billing contact in order to make a refund unless he or she has provided us a password at time of ordering. PayPal and credit/debit card transactions are almost always reversible so ID is usually not required.
Again, planning is the key to maintaining complete anonymity so it is in your best interest to discuss your situation with us prior to ordering.