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Committee Calls for Changes to DNA Collection Law

PRIVACY LAW

July 2, 2010

A committee of senators has recommended changes to the Criminal Code that would make it easier for police to obtain, test and share DNA samples obtained from convicts, The Globe and Mail reports. A report tabled by the committee on Tuesday recommends 22 changes to the system. The report comes as the committee conducts its required review of the DNA Identification Act. Proposed amendments include allowing the immediate and automatic collection of DNA samples from adults convicted of the most serious offences without a court order, the report states. But the committee's chair said the DNA data collected "must be managed in a manner that ensures that the invasion of privacy does not exceed the established security need."
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