Two Privacy Bills on the Move in California
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.April 27, 2012
Two privacy-related bills are on the move in California. The California Genetic Information Privacy Act would prohibit the unauthorized collection, testing and distribution of DNA data. "We have laws to protect the privacy of our financial information, our medical records and even the books we check out from the local library," said the bill's author, State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), adding, "We need genetic privacy protections because nothing is more personal than our DNA." The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, according to a GovTech report. Meanwhile, the California Location Privacy Bill passed the Senate Public Safety Committee earlier this week after a certain disclosure provision was removed.