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UC Berkeley Asking Incoming Students For DNA

peterofoz (1038508) writes | more than 4 years ago

Science 1

peterofoz (1038508) writes "What could possibly go wrong?

The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. The cotton swabs will come with two bar code labels. One label will be put on the DNA sample and the other is kept for the students own records.

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Subpoena? Probably Not (1)

excelblue (739986) | more than 4 years ago | (#32262294)

TFA states that the DNA sampling package will come with two barcodes: one on the swab, and one for the student to keep. The student will have to use his/her barcode in order to look up the results of the DNA sample. This basically guarantees the privacy of all the students who give DNA samples as the university does not know which samples belong to whom.

As a current student at UC Berkeley, I'd say that the campus takes privacy extremely seriously. The types of viewpoints you'd see out of the people here are, for the most part, not too different from the general Slashdot population. I'd say this is consistent with the stance the university has taken on privacy.

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