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Privacy Concerns Raised in Collection of Police DNA


October 17, 2011

Police officers and unions in locations across the country are voicing concerns over various proposed requirements to collect their DNA and place the information in databases, the Associated Press reports. Some say the collected data helps save time during investigations of crime scenes and prevents doubt about genetic material in trials, while other officers have expressed concern about the management of the collected data, including using it to determine health insurance rates. A Connecticut trooper said, "From a civil liberties standpoint, there are a lot of red flags." Meanwhile, a Louisiana sheriff said, "I think it's a good tool that we're utilizing...I realize that there may be some privacy concerns...We should be leaders in saying we don't have a problem doing it."
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