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Genetic information safeguards passed

Nebraskans will have more control over use of their genetic information under a bill passed by lawmakers Feb. 8.

Sen. Eliot Bostar
Sen. Eliot Bostar

LB308, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Eliot Bostar, requires express consent from Nebraska residents for the sharing, storage and use of any consumer genetic data by direct-to-consumer genetic testing services.

Under the bill, a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company cannot disclose a consumer’s genetic data to any entity offering health, life or long-term care insurance or to an employer without written consent. The measure also requires a process by which consumers can delete their accounts and genetic data.

Senators passed LB308 on a 43-0 vote.

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