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Serial Killer Case Sparks DNA Privacy Questions

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

July 12, 2010

Law enforcement officials and legal scholars are questioning whether a new law that allows police to match suspects' DNA with that taken from their relatives is a crime-solving breakthrough or a slippery slope to privacy invasions. Recent use of the law in California led to the arrest of a man suspected of murdering at least 10 women over 25 years, The Christian Science Monitor reports. California Attorney General Jerry Brown has said it is a "balanced policy" that protects citizens' rights, noting it is only allowed in major, violent crimes with serious risk to public safety. Prof. Anne Bowen Poulin of the Villanova University School of Law, meanwhile, asks, "Good police work? Most would probably applaud it. Risk to privacy? We probably won't know until it's too late."
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