Friday, June 9, 2006

Vast DNA Bank Pits Policing Vs. Privacy

The nation's databank of DNA profiles is getting bigger, thanks in part to laws requiring testing of felons and sometimes misdemeanants or even arrestees. The good news is better crime detection potential; the bad news is invasions of privacy. Some critics are alarmed by an investigatory technique of looking at the relatives of someone in the database whose DNA is similar to the DNA at a crime scene, hoping that the relatives might match. See Vast DNA Bank Pits Policing Vs. Privacy, Wash. Post, June 3, 2006, at A1.

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