Calif. Bill To Protect DNA Privacy Moves Forward

Law360, New York (April 25, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT) -- The California Senate's judiciary committee on Tuesday narrowly passed a measure that would make it illegal to collect, analyze, share or store a person's genetic material without written consent.

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, introduced the bill in February to establish that an individual's genetic information is protected by the right of privacy, and to impose civil and criminal penalties and fines for taking and testing a person's genetic material without permission.

The judiciary committee voted 3-2 to pass the Genetic Information Privacy Act, which now heads...
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