Disclosure of Patients’ Genetic Information Without Their Consent–Is the “Public Interest” Really a Sufficient Justification?
New guidance issued by the U.K. General Medical Council (GMC) regarding a physician’s ability to disclose to a patient’s relatives the diagnosis of such patient’s genetic illness1 has recently been a hot topic of discussion on several online forums.2 The guidance, which became effective on October 12, 2009 and addresses medical privacy issues in a variety […]
Last month, the Genomics Law Report prepared a three-part series entitled What Happens if a DTC Genomics Company Goes Belly Up? The series, which was originally published on Genetic Future (see Parts 1, 2 and 3), reviewed the privacy policies of several genomics companies to determine whether they prohibit the transfer of private data to third parties. […]