The California Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (CalGINA) is historic legislation to protect
against unfair use of genetic information.
By setting clear limitations on the use of personal genetic information in a variety of contexts unforeseen just a short time ago; including housing, education, life insurance, mortgage lending and elections, this law represents an important step forward in ensuring that the genetic information of Californians is protected from misuse.
This new law is a crucial step in assuring the public that undergoing genetic testing will not endanger their economic security and places California once again in its role as a leader in addressing the social and ethical implications of biotechnology. While incomplete, it offers Californians the strongest protections against the misuse of genetic information anywhere in the world.
A copy of the full text of the law is available at the link below.