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ACLU Asks Court To Stop DNA Collections on Felony Arrests

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 17, 2012

Through California’s DNA database of close to two million samples, more than 10,000 criminal suspects have been identified in the last five years, The Washington Post reports. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will argue to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state’s genetic data collection efforts have become “unconstitutionally aggressive…at the expense of civil liberties,” the report states. California’s Proposition 69 allows police to take a DNA sample of every suspect arrested on felony charges. The ACLU says the practice “comes too early in the criminal justice process,” and samples should be taken only from those convicted. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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