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F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 5 years ago

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Mike writes "Starting this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will join 15 states that collect DNA samples from those awaiting trial and will also collect DNA from detained immigrants. For example, This year, California began taking DNA upon arrest and expects to nearly double the growth rate of its database, to 390,000 profiles a year, up from 200,000. Until now, the federal government genetically tracked only convicts, however law enforcement officials are expanding their collection of DNA to include millions of people who have only been arrested or detained, but not yet convicted. The move, intended to "help solve more crimes", is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent. How can this be viewed as anything but an overt move to "tag everyone" and tighten government control of citizens?"
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