Privacy Concerns Essay examples
Most studies have shown that popular opinion holds that without a doubt national DNA databases have proved useful in criminal investigations (Wallace, 2006, pS27). The concept of a national DNA database has raised concern about privacy and human rights as seen through the scope of public safety. All of these concerns are elevated with databases include convicted, arrestee, innocent, and “rehabilitated” offenders (Suter, 2010, p339). Robin Williams of University of Duham (2006) asserts that:
“The rapid implementation and continuing expansion of forensic DNA databases around the world has been supported by claims about their effectiveness in criminal investigations and challenged by assertions of the resulting …show more content…
The United Kingdom has often upheld that the invasion on arrestee DNA collection is minimal as it does not break the surface of the skin but rather takes cheek cells for analysis linking individuals to crime scenes or establish the identity of a given individual (Hayes, 2006, p194) DNA samples from arrestee’s provide a DNA profile that is then compared to database of crime scene trace DNA profiles from unsolved crimes, with the possibility of linking the arrestees individual to prior unsolved crimes. Matches or “hits” in either new or cold cases is strong argument in the enhancement of DNA databases.
General policy for agencies collecting any evidence is to obtain a judicial warrant based on