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Court Decides State Can't Keep DNA Profiles

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

August 29, 2011

A Massachusetts appeals court has unanimously ruled that the government cannot hold on to genetic profiles of individuals who voluntarily provide DNA samples to help solve crimes, The Boston Globe reports. In 2002, a citizen provided his DNA sample for this purpose. The individual was found innocent and was given back his sample, but the state refused to remove his genetic profile from its database. In the court's decision, Judge David A. Mills wrote, "DNA information is highly sensitive...Citizens have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such information...We are not convinced (the district attorney and state police) have acted reasonably as a matter of law."  
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