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Database Concerns Abound

GENETIC PRIVACY—UK

December 10, 2012

The Telegraph reports on an initiative to create a database “capable of storing every British citizen's DNA records” with an opt-out for those who do not want their data stored. “The UK will be the first country to introduce high-tech DNA mapping within a mainstream health system in a move designed to help it lead the world in tackling cancer and rare diseases,” the report states. Privacy advocates caution, however, that there are “very real privacy concerns” with the opt-out system and the potential ways DNA data could be shared with third parties.
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