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Nebraska: Bill for Genetic Information Privacy Act presented to Governor for signature

On February 8, 2024, Legislative Bill 308 for an Act to adopt the Genetic Information Privacy Act passed the final reading in the Nebraska State Legislature and on the same date, was presented to the Governor of Nebraska for signature. In particular, the bill was reintroduced in the State Legislature on January 3, 2024, after initially being introduced on January 11, 2023. 

More specifically, the bill lays down certain obligations for direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies in order to safeguard the privacy, confidentiality, security, and integrity of a consumer's genetic data. Furthermore, the Attorney General of Nebraska (AG) has the authority to bring an action to enforce the provisions of the bill. A violation of the same would be subject to a civil penalty of $2,500 for each violation, in addition to actual damages incurred by the consumer, and costs and reasonable attorney's fees incurred by the AG.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

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