What Will We Do With Innocent People's DNA?

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Mar 22 06:48:19 PST 2005

Link: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/21/1937206
Posted by: timothy, on 2005-03-21 23:11:00

   from the if-you-have-nothing-to-hide dept.
   [1]NevDull writes "As creepy as it may be to deal with identity theft
   from corporate databases, [2]imagine being swabbed for DNA samples as
   a suspect in a crime, being vindicated by that sample, and never even
   being told why you were suspected. This article discusses a man, Roger
   Valadez, who's fighting both to have his DNA sample and its profile
   purged from government records, and to find out why he and his DNA
   were searched in the BTK case. DA Nola Foulston said, 'I think some
   people are overwrought about their concerns.' -- convenient as she
   wasn't the one probed without explanation. The article then mentions
   that 'In California, police will be able in 2008 to take DNA samples
   from anyone arrested for a felony, whether the person is convicted or
   not, under a law approved by voters in November.' What will be the
   disposition of the DNA of the innocent?"


   1. http://www.funkytests.com/

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