Harriet Pearson, Vice President, IBM Corporate Affairs & Chief Privacy Officer
Today's news on IBM's inclusion of genetic information in our corporate privacy & non-discrimination policy is a good example of--well--good timing!
[Audiocasts from that workshop are available now.]
Clearly, the issue of the privacy and security of health information such as one's genetic profile is something serious people are thinking and talking about.
Also some not-so-serious people. Witness the recent attempt to auction the remnants of a cream puff reputedly eaten my Matt Damon, ostenibly to retrieve his DNA from saliva residue.
All silliness aside, I hope the fortuitous coincidence of these public events -- and many more that will certainly arise in the weeks, months and years ahead -- will promote the kind of discussion around the future importance of genetic security and privacy that our policy initiative today was intended to generate.