Essay on Genetic Profiling: Legal Studies

1917 Words Jun 21st, 2013 8 Pages
Genetic Profiling

Genetic profiling is a contemporary issue relating to the individual and technology which restricts access to unbiased decisions and privacy. Genetic profiling interferes with the individuals bodily, genetic and behavioural privacy, as it can be used for the benefit of identifying bodies to using the results of a DNA test to choose whether to employ one individual over another, due to future concerns. It can easily be argued that genetic profiling is in the need of law reform as a result of legal implications and the lack of individual’s rights.
Bodily privacy is a significant issue in Genetic Profiling, as it is a human right which is in constant need of law reform. Technology is continually advancing, and genetic
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This relates to genetic profiling, as under the treaty disability includes a disability that “may exist in the future (including because of a genetic predisposition to that disability)”. The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 also states against “discrimination in employment” under part two -Prohibition of Disability Discrimination-, division one section fifteen. This Act states that “it is unlawful for an employer or a person acting or purporting to act on behalf of an employer to discriminate against a person on the grounds of the other persons disability” “(b)in determining who should be offered employment”. This means that no employer is allowed to, under the treaty or the Act not employ any individual due to a disability they may acquire in the future, which would also include any disabilities that a DNA test may result in being likely to develop, but instead must treat them equally with every other applicant, this would result in the fair outcome of all applicants who apply for jobs producing justice. The Sydney Morning Herald Article labelled ‘Politicians Warned on DNA Profiling’ goes into detail over advances in genetic profiling, with a new test able to use tiny scraps of DNA to identify physical characteristics. This has caused discussion and conflict, as it is a representation of a genetic privacy breach, “I’d be very concerned if these photo fits are going to be quite crude

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