Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill was discussed in parliament in 2023 and 2024, but was dropped in May 2024 when the UK election was called. Although it is no longer going to become law, the Bill highlights how easy it is for governments to remove the safeguards that currently apply to people's genetic information.

If the Bill had been passed, everyone in the UK would have lost control over how their genetic information is shared and used. This could have created a 'surveillance state', in which every individual and their relatives could be tracked using their DNA. People's genetic information would have been open to commercial exploitation and to security risks resulting from misuse by foreign governments.


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