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this sensitive information into the hands of
individuals and organizations are becoming
highly accessible.
We felt that genetics would be a game changer
for privacy, and – somewhat to our dismay –
we were more right than we ever anticipated.
What we observed
In the years since identifying genetic privacy
as a priority, we have observed a number of
important trends.
Over the last few years, we have seen an
explosion in its use for a wide range of tests
that are not predictive of future health.
Relatively inexpensive tests are readily
available to determine paternity and
provide answers about one’s ancestry.
Parents are using genetic testing in the
hopes of finding clues about their child’s
potential to become a great athlete or
musician. People also pay for nutritional
genomics testing from companies that
purport to identify the types of foods that
best match their genetic makeup.
All of this has meant that an ever-growing
amount of genetic information is in the
hands of an expanding number of private
companies – large and small, reputable and
fly-by-night.
Employers and insurance companies have
also identified genetic information as a tool
for identifying who represents a higher risk
of falling ill – and creating a cost burden for
companies as a result.
Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies are
also increasingly harnessing the power of
genetic testing.
Police, immigration officials and others
have been testing portable machines that
can rapidly analyze DNA in the field for
identification purposes.
This emerging DNA analysis tool – Rapid
DNA – is another example of the interplay
by the numbers
A survey by our Office found that over half of
Canadians say that if their doctor recommended
genetic testing, they would be very concerned that
they may be asked
to provide the
results for non-health
related purposes,
such as obtaining
insurance or
applying for a job.
Survey of Canadians on Privacy-Related Issues, 2013
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