How the new DNA privacy law could affect your practice

  • September 20, 2021

Under the Protecting DNA Privacy Act (HB 833), signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 29, collecting or submitting another person’s DNA sample for analysis without his or her express consent now constitutes a second-degree felony in the state of Florida. While this legislation was intended to prevent the unauthorized use of personal DNA information, it contains a problematic provision that was entirely unintended. The Act makes it a crime to transfer any human biological specimen from which DNA can be extracted to a third party without first obtaining the patient’s express consent. Read FMA General Counsel Jeff Scott’s latest article to learn more about your requirements under the new law and download a sample express consent form.

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