Thursday, June 22, 2017

Many genetic testing sites ‘fail to outline privacy implications’; The Irish Times, June 22, 2017

Elaine Edwards, The Irish Times; Many genetic testing sites ‘fail to outline privacy implications’

"Many websites offering genetic testing for commercial purposes fail to outline the privacy implications of such tests, Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said.

Speaking at the inaugural Data Summit in Dublin organised by the Department of the Taoiseach, Ms Dixon outlined the challenges to privacy from the so-called digital revolution, but also the opportunities she said new European Union legislation would bring.

The commissioner noted “fantastically positive examples” of what data-driven technology had given us, including better understanding of climate change, combating hospital infections and identifying genetic markers for cancer.

However, Ms Dixon said context was king in assessing the circumstances in which data was being processed." 

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