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Wyoming Enacts Genetic Data Privacy Act

Governor Mark Gordon signed the Wyoming Genetic Data Privacy Act into law on March 8, 2022. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2022.

The Genetic Data Privacy Act requires any business that collects genetic data from individuals to: (1) provide transparent information to consumers about the collection, use, and disclosure of genetic data before collecting it and (2) obtain express consent from an individual before collecting the genetic data. The Act also includes strict prohibitions on how the genetic data can be disclosed and retained. The law does not apply to covered entities or business associates collecting protected health information under HIPAA.

The law provides consumers with the statutory right to request deletion of the data when they are no longer being used or needed for the purpose for which they were collected. It also provides consumers with a private right of action to seek damages from anyone who violates the Act.

The Attorney General of Wyoming has jurisdiction to enforce the law, which carries penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation, actual damages for consumers who have been harmed, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

Copyright © 2022 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 69
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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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