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(410 ILCS 513/15)
Confidentiality of genetic information.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Act, genetic testing and
information derived from genetic testing is confidential and privileged and may
be released only to the individual tested and to persons specifically
authorized, in writing in accordance with Section 30, by that individual to
receive the information. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) and in
Section 30, this information shall not be admissible as evidence, nor
discoverable in any action
of any kind in any court, or before any tribunal, board, agency, or person
pursuant to Part 21 of Article VIII of the Code of Civil Procedure. No
liability shall attach
to any hospital, physician, or other health care provider for compliance with
the provisions of this Act including a specific written release by the
individual in accordance with this Act.
(b) When a biological sample is legally obtained by a peace officer for use
in a criminal investigation or prosecution,
information derived from genetic testing of that sample
may be disclosed
for identification purposes
to appropriate law enforcement authorities
investigation or prosecution
and may be used in accordance with Section 5-4-3 of the Unified Code of
Corrections. The information may be used
for identification purposes
during the course of
the investigation or prosecution with respect to the individual tested without
the consent of the individual and shall be admissible as evidence in court.
The information shall be confidential and
disclosed only for purposes of criminal investigation or prosecution.
Genetic testing and genetic information derived thereof shall be admissible as evidence and discoverable, subject to a protective order, in any actions alleging a violation of this Act, seeking to enforce Section 30 of this Act through the Illinois Insurance Code, alleging discriminatory genetic testing or use of genetic information under the Illinois Human Rights Act or the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003, or requesting a workers' compensation claim under the Workers' Compensation Act.
(c) If the subject of the information requested by law enforcement is found
innocent of the offense or otherwise not criminally penalized, then the
shall be expunged by the court within 30 days after the final legal proceeding.
The court shall notify the subject of the information of the expungement of
the records in writing.
(d) Results of genetic testing that indicate that the individual tested is
at the time of the test afflicted with a disease, whether or not currently
are not subject to the
confidentiality requirements of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-927, eff. 1-1-09.)