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DNA Evidence Rules Raise Privacy Concerns

GENETIC PRIVACY—NEW SOUTH WALES

April 8, 2010

Privacy concerns are among the factors prompting a New South Wales state government review into the rules governing the use of DNA as evidence. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the decision comes in the wake of legal doubts about the strength of DNA-based convictions and questions related to privacy protection. Premier Kristina Keneally has announced that the six-month review to be chaired by Graham Barr, a former Supreme Court justice, will be aimed in part at addressing growing fears about the privacy implications of the 42,750 DNA samples collected and stored in NSW as well as the approximately 500,000 being stored across Australia, the report states.
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