Ethics Policy

Even before the development of next-generation DNA sequencing, genetic analysis raised numerous ethical issues. Whole genome analysis, however, raises additional issues and it is important that they be addressed thoroughly as part of any human genome interpretation effort. Personalis founders have been leaders in the field of genome ethics, publishing on the topic well before the founding of the company: Challenges in the clinical application of whole-genome sequencing Ormond KE, Wheeler MT, Hudgins L, Klein TE, Butte AJ, Altman RB, Ashley EA, Greely HT. Lancet p(2010 Apr 29). The concern for professional ethics in genomic medicine has been continued from the inception of Personalis. The company’s first non-CEO employee was a Genetic Counselor, with experience at the whole genome level. The company also established an internal Management-Level Ethics Committee, led by the CEO. This committee meets regularly and reviews all DNA samples and genomic data sets prior to use at the company. The company has also retained the services of an independent IRB and works closely with customer IRB’s to address ethical issues relating to human subjects research.

Privacy Policy

Terms of agreement

Last Updated: October 10, 2014 Personalis, Inc. (“Personalis”) respects the privacy of visitors to our website, and recognizes your need for appropriate protection and management of the personally identifiable information you share with us. This Privacy Policy and Notice of Information Practices sets forth Personalis’ practices regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personally identifiable information that you may provide through this website. Please read this entire privacy policy before using this website or submitting information to Personalis through this website. By using this website and submitting information through this website to Personalis, you agree with the terms written below.

Data collection

Personalis only collects personally identifiable data (such as your name, address, telephone number or email address) when you voluntarily submit it to Personalis. This information may be used by Personalis personnel as a means to contact you to obtain more information, to improve this website, or to provide you with information that you have requested or additional information which Personalis believes may be of interest to you. The data will not be transferred outside Personalis without your prior consent, but may be used within Personalis or by a company acting as an agent of Personalis for processing and mailing purposes. Personalis may also use this information within the company for performing marketing studies or for other commercial purposes for which it may receive compensation. Personalis may maintain the data collected in an electronic database of voluntarily submitted personally identifiable information. Personalis and its agents may exchange such information with each other or with you over the Internet or intranet systems for the purposes of carrying out the activities described above. In providing some test services, Personalis may receive or create documents or other communications containing protected health information (PHI) related to individuals who are being tested. Personalis will only use and disclose this PHI as necessary to perform those test services, and only as permitted or required by law. While Personalis makes every reasonable effort to protect the information collected through this website, please be aware that there is always some risk involved when submitting data over the Internet. We cannot guarantee that our website is 100% safe from illegal tampering or “hacking.” Any data transmitted over the Internet may be at risk; however, once it is received at Personalis and entered into its database, it has the same protection that Personalis extends to its own confidential information. We track the total number of visitors to our website, the number of visitors to each page of the website, and the domain names of our visitors’ Internet service providers. No personally identifiable information is gathered in this process.

Updating your information

If at any time you wish to stop receiving emails or other communications from us, or if you have submitted personally identifiable information through our website and would like to have that information deleted from our records, please notify us at You may also request access to personal data about you that Personalis holds and you may have the opportunity to request a correction or amendment to your personal data by contacting us at

Links to third party websites

As a convenience to our visitors, our sites currently contain links to a number of other non-Personalis websites that we believe may offer useful information. Those websites have their own privacy policies and the privacy policy presented here does not apply to those websites. You should contact these websites directly for information on their privacy policies, confidentiality agreements and data collection/distribution procedures.

Children’s policy

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Our website is not intended for or designed to attract children under the age of 13. As noted above, we do not collect personally identifiable information unless you provide it to us – including an individual’s age.

Cookies policy

Our website currently does not use “non-persistent cookies,” a small data file that a server gives to your browser when you access a website. In the event that Personalis begins to use non-persistent cookies to track page visits to help us analyze our website usage more accurately, we will not collect personally identifiable information except with your explicit permission. By accessing any part of this Personalis website that requires passwords, you are giving us explicit permission to use a “persistent cookie,” which is a small data file that is generated when you enter your assigned user id and password to access the website. This file is stored on your computer, and enables your browser to access each page that is in the password-protected area. Please note that linked non-Personalis websites may also use cookies. Personalis cannot control the use of cookies by these non-Personalis websites. We also want you to know that when you link from a Personalis website to another website, that website may have the ability to recognize that you have come from a Personalis website. If you do not want any other websites to know that you have been on this website, we recommend that you do not use the links provided in our website.

Privacy policy updates

Personalis may, at any time, revise this privacy policy by updating this posting. Data will be handled in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the data is collected.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, please contact webmaster at