The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPCC) has urged the life and health insurance industry not to use genetic test results for the purpose of assessing risk. Canada’s data protection legislation allows organisations to use personal data where it has a commercial need to do so but, in its recent statement, the OPCC said that this does not allow organisations to use “any and all personal data on the basis that it might be useful or relevant”.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada – Statement on the  use of genetic test results by life and health insurance companies– July 2014