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Genetic Information Privacy Act Approved by California Governor

Oct. 7, 2021, 2:36 PM

California now has a law requiring direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to provide information about the collection, use, and disclosure of people’s genetic data after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed the bill into law Wednesday.

Senate Bill 41, the Genetic Information Privacy Act, passed the California Senate and California Assembly in September. On top of data use requirements, the law requires companies such as 23AndMe Inc. and Ancestry.com Inc. to honor a consumer’s revocation of consent and destroy a consumer’s biological sample within 30 days.

Both companies applauded the bill when it was sent to Newsom’s desk last month.

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