- Prison Planet.com - http://www.prisonplanet.com -
Storage of newborns’ blood samples raises privacy concerns
Posted By admin On May 12, 2010 @ 10:03 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
Globe and Mail 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It’s a routine test conducted on newborns – a quick needle prick to the heel to test for a range of health disorders and diseases before an infant is discharged.
But the newborn screening procedures, which exist across North America and most of the developed world, have run afoul of privacy advocates because the genetic material collected from infants when blood is drawn is routinely used for other purposes, chiefly medical research.
Millions of infants’ blood samples – along with their names and birthdates – are stored on information cards in laboratories across Canada. What has riled civil libertarians and privacy advocates is that parents aren’t told that their babies’ genetic blueprint will be stored indefinitely, and perhaps used for research purposes.
(ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW)
Instead, parents are told the blood samples are crucial to test for disorders such as hypothyroidism, and more recently, cystic fibrosis.
In British Columbia, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association has helped launch a complaint with the province’s privacy commission on behalf of a Vancouver parent who said the practice is a breach of privacy, and wants all blood cards destroyed if the parents didn’t give consent for their storage.
British Columbia stores the genetic information of about 800,000 infants.
Full story here. 
Article printed from Prison Planet.com: http://www.prisonplanet.com
URL to article: http://www.prisonplanet.com/storage-of-newborns%e2%80%99-blood-samples-raises-privacy-concerns.html
URLs in this post:
 Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/storage-of-newborns-blood-samples-raises-privacy-concerns/article1565582/
 Image: http://www.homegain.com/housead/homes_for_sale/index?entryid=11502
 Texas ordered to destroy five million blood samples illegally taken from babies without consent: http://www.prisonplanet.com/texas-ordered-to-destroy-five-million-blood-samples-illegally-taken-from-babies-without-consent.html
 State agrees to destroy controversial infant blood samples: http://www.prisonplanet.com/state-agrees-to-destroy-controversial-infant-blood-samples.html
 Texans unknowingly donate children’s blood to research: http://www.prisonplanet.com/texans-unknowingly-donate-childrens-blood-to-research.html
 Globalist Proclaim Right to Newborns’ Blood for Database: http://www.prisonplanet.com/globalist-proclaim-right-to-newborns-blood-for-database.html
 Fingerprint scanner use raises privacy concerns in N.C.: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fingerprint-scanner-use-raises-privacy-concerns-in-n-c.html
Copyright © 2013 PrisonPlanet.com. All rights reserved.