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Experts: DNA Requires Privacy Protection

GENETIC PRIVACY—EU

November 21, 2011

Experts are advising the EU to ensure privacy is protected and that technological advances do not make it possible for employers and insurers to abuse genetic data, the Irish Times reports. Speaking at a conference in Ireland, scientific and legal experts "outlined how genetic testing techniques may be able to detect the onset of future disabilities and how this technology is used increasingly in both employment and insurance contexts." With no EU-level regulation to "ensure the privacy...or to prevent the discriminatory use of such information," one expert recommends "a transatlantic dialogue between the EU and the U.S." as U.S. legislation "has struck a balance between the rights of employers and insurers and the rights of individuals."
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