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Supreme Court To Determine Genetic Privacy Rules

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 22, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a case that questions whether Maryland is violating the Constitution by collecting DNA samples from those arrested for serious crimes, Bloomberg reports. Its ruling, which is expected in June, will be the first on genetic information privacy and will affect laws on DNA collection upon arrest in 25 states. Two genetic scientists involved in the case say DNA samples allow for profiling that, with technological advances, “will become even more intrusive and will reveal more personal information about individuals,” the report states. Meanwhile, a California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would prohibit “unauthorized collection, analysis or transfer of a person’s genetic information.”
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