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United States Privacy Digest | Maryland health department slow to implement genetic privacy legislation Related reading: Martin Abrams: A look back at a career in information privacy and consumer policy



WMAR-2 News reports the Maryland Department of Health allegedly has not properly implemented the state's genetic privacy law for criminal investigations. Passed by the state legislature in 2021, the law requires court approval for law enforcement to search genealogy websites for suspects based on DNA. The health department has yet to provide guidance and minimum qualifications for forensic professionals under the law. Additionally, the number of times law enforcement accessed ancestry data for investigations was omitted from a required annual report from the governor's office.
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