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Children's DNA Stored

GENETIC PRIVACY—QUEENSLAND

February 5, 2010

Queensland Police have collected DNA samples from more than 1,200 children ages 10 to 16 in less than five years, the Sunday Mail reports. The samples are intended to serve as a crime-fighting tool to help quickly identify those who break the law later in life. State law allows police to take DNA samples, pending a court order, if reasonable suspicion of an offence exists. However, Bill Rowlings, Civil Liberties Australia chief executive, says the storing of the samples infringes on civil rights. "Some of these children might be guilty of stealing a Mars Bar and for that the Queensland Police are prepared to put them on a national criminal registry, possibly for life."
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