This article begins by describing the increasing prominence of DNA evidence in legal matters, before explaining how investigatory agencies wish to use DNA in their criminal investigations: primarily DNA banks and DNA testing large portions of the population in the wake of a crime. The article goes on to discuss privacy concerns about DNA profiling and DNA databanks. It discusses the differences between traditional fingerprint banks, and the greater privacy threats posed by the DNA banks. It moves on to point out the various public and private sector abuses possible with wide-spread DNA profiling. Finally, the authors suggest that legislation should be passed at the state level until Congress can pass a more comprehensive federal statute governing the use of DNA information and collection.
E. Donald Shapiro and Michelle L. Weinberg,
DNA Data Banking: The Dangerous Erosion of Privacy,
38 Clev. St. L. Rev.
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