New report from BCCLA: Genetic Privacy and Discrimination

Genetic Privacy BCCLA ReportThe BC Civil Liberties Association has recently released a new report on the hot topic of genetic technology. Supported by a grant from the Law Foundation of BC, this report suggests that as with advances in many other fields, advances that involve genetics can both benefit and harm society.

Author Eugene Oscapella provides an overview of selected issues, including individual privacy vs. public health, and genetic testing in employment and insurance matters. Loss of control over personal genetic information that makes individuals more at risk of discrimination, and its ability to provide extensive and highly sensitive information about individuals to governments and other organizations are cited as some of the dangers of genetic technology.

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