Individual Genetic Status
The determination of the genetic status of an individual has been of some concern for many years, not least because genetic data may provide a range of different informational streams beyond the nature of the health status of the individual. Such genetic data has both public and private interests: public in that genetic data may provide information on the health status of a population and private because genetic data may provide commercial potential, both in health and life style products. The control of genetic data, therefore, has a range of potentialities, and such potentialities may have significant implications for the individuals who supply the genetic data. With the coming of the Data Protection Regulation 2016, can we say that there is a genetic status to an individual which provides both rights and duties for that individual?