Alaska Granted Intervention In DNA Testing Privacy Dispute

Law360, New York (June 26, 2017, 4:03 PM EDT) -- An Alaska federal judge on Friday granted the state's request to intervene and defend the constitutionality of its Genetic Privacy Act, which has been questioned in a proposed consumer class action accusing a genetic testing company of illegally posting results on public websites.

Back in November, Family Tree DNA brand and website operator Gene By Gene Ltd. sought to quickly end the suit accusing it of violating Alaska's privacy statute by publishing consumers' highly sensitive genetic information without their informed consent. In reality, the statute is unconstitutional because it applies overly harsh punitive damages and "is so vague that defendant cannot...

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