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Proposals Would Protect Infant Blood Cards

GENETIC PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

March 2, 2012

New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has proposed changes to the Health Information Privacy Code that would improve protections on genetic information contained in blood samples taken from newborns, reports New Zealand Doctor. The main use of the samples is to diagnose disorders in newborns, and under the proposal, all other uses would fall under conditions such as family consent. "The proposed changes to the code will provide the public with reassurance that millions of bloodspot cards are not going to be turned into an involuntary DNA database," said Shroff in a media release. The proposal is open to comment through 13 April.
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