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Cornyn sponsors bill to let feds take DNA from innocent people

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/09/25/1819204 Federal Agencies To Collect Genetic Info Posted by Zonk on Sunday September 25, @05:27PM protagoras
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      http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/09/25/1819204

      Federal Agencies To Collect Genetic Info

      Posted by Zonk on Sunday September 25, @05:27PM

      protagoras writes "According to a bill approved by the
      Senate Judiciary Committee, suspects arrested or
      detained by federal authorities may have their DNA
      forcibly collected for permanent storage in a central
      database. The bill is supported by the White House as
      well, but has not yet gone to the floor for a vote.
      Current law permits this only for those convicted of a
      crime. So even though completely innocent, should the
      Feds decide to detain you for any reason, your genetic
      data will grace their database beside that from
      murders, terrorists, and other miscreants." From the
      article: "The provision, co-sponsored by Kyl and Sen.
      John Cornyn (R-Tex.), does not require the government
      to automatically remove the DNA data of people who are
      never convicted. Instead, those arrested or detained
      would have to petition to have their information
      removed from the database after their cases were
      resolved. Privacy advocates are especially concerned
      about possible abuses such as profiling based on
      genetic characteristics."
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