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  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Confidentiality Concerns

Because gene test results hold a wealth of information, confidentiality is a major concern.

In 2005, the Federal government passed a law to protect a person's confidentiality concerning the results of gene tests. The law prohibits insurance companies and employers from discriminating against anyone based on knowledge of confidential genetic information about that person.

Confidentiality Concerns