New Jersey passes genetic privacy bill

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:71

One of the most comprehensive laws protecting genetic information has been passed in the US state of New Jersey. The Genetic Privacy Act declares that a person's genetic information is private property and cannot be collected, retained, or disclosed without written consent. Employers cannot refuse to hire anyone who declines to take a genetic test.

The new law also prohibits health insurance companies from denying access or setting higher rates for people who are genetically predisposed to certain diseases. However, with the applicant's consent, companies selling …

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