Tougher Laws Needed to Protect Your Genetic Privacy

In spite of recent legislation, tougher laws are needed to prevent insurers and employers from discriminating on the basis of genetic tests

  • Genetic testing will expand quickly and soon, adding highly targeted data to people’s medical records. As those records go electronic, outsiders will find it increasingly easy to peruse an individual’s health information.
  • Able to uncover private details, health and life insurers could deny coverage to someone with a complex medical condition, and employers could fire or refuse to hire the person to avoid burdening the company health plan.
  • Existing laws offer weak protection at best; legislation is needed to give individuals more control over their own data, to limit unauthorized disclosures by others and to penalize wrongdoers.

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