Florida CFO Applauds DNA Privacy Measure

A key concern is that life insurance companies could use that information to deny coverage.
April 10, 2019

A proposed measure moving through Florida’s Senate seeks to prohibit DNA testing companies from selling customers’ genetic information. SB 258 calls for direct-to-consumer testing companies to have prewritten authorization before they can share or sell genetic testing results. A key concern is that life insurance companies could use that information to deny coverage. The bill also blocks insurers from requiring DNA tests from customers and prohibits the use of genetic information regarding race, ethnicity, or national origin in actuarial decisions.

“This is a huge step in the fight for Florida consumers and your right to genetic privacy,” said Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. “Transparency is key, and I believe that just like your medical records, DNA information should only be shared with your explicit consent.”


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