ICO declines to investigate Chinese genetic research company

04/12/2023 | Reuters

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has rejected calls to investigate China's BGI Group over concerns about how it handles genome sequencing data of consumers. The ICO said that the threshold of evidence to carry out an investigation had not been reached, as it has not received any complaints from individuals concerned about BGI Group's data processing or any evidence indicating a breach has occurred. A cross-party group of lawmakers had requested an investigation into privacy concerns surrounding BGI, citing a Reuters report from July 2021 on the prenatal NIFTY tests. The US has added three BGI units to its trade blacklist. The UK has not taken such action.

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