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Court: State DNA Testing Did Not Violate Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 31, 2010

Minnesota's Court of Appeals has ruled that the state did not violate families' privacy rights by collecting and storing children's blood samples, Courthouse News Service reports. The parents of 25 children filed the suit, claiming the families' privacy rights were violated when the state collected their infants' blood to test for genetic disorders and then stored the DNA for future research without obtaining parental consent. The appellate court upheld a trial court's decision to dismiss the parents' lawsuit for failing to state a claim, stating the genetic privacy act had not been breached due to legislation "allowing for the collection, retention, use and dissemination" of DNA.
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