DNA Collection

Supreme Court Ruling a Blow to Genetic Privacy

Supreme Court Ruling a Blow to Genetic Privacy

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 5:29pm
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision upholding Maryland's arrestee DNA testing law is a serious blow to genetic privacy. The ruling allows the police to seize the DNA of innocent Americans who have never been convicted of any sort of crime, without a search warrant. And as Justice Scalia makes clear in his scathing dissent, the majority opinion goes against decades of precedent that makes it clear that the police cannot search an individual for evidence of a crime (and that's clearly what they are doing here) without a specific reason to think that the search will actually uncover some evidence.
DNA Privacy Goes to the Supreme Court

DNA Privacy Goes to the Supreme Court

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 5:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Maryland v. King, a case that raises the question of whether the police can take DNA...

Dexter, DNA and Your Privacy

By Courtenay Strickland, ACLU of Florida at 4:51pm

Ripped from the headlines, the ACLU was recently mentioned on the popular Showtime TV show, Dexter. It went like this:

QUINN: We could do a targeted DNA sweep of white males, 60ish and in the Miami Metro area. MATSUKA: ...The ACLU will shut…

Your Baby's DNA and Informed Consent

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:15am

(Originally posted on MomsRising.org.)

Imagine this scenario: You just had a baby. You might be a tad tired; in a bit of a stupor, perhaps. A hospital employee —maybe your doctor or nurse — hands you a 32-page pamphlet explaining…

DEA Recording Americans’ Movements on Highways, Creating Central Repository of Plate Data

DEA Recording Americans’ Movements on Highways, Creating Central Repository of Plate Data

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:58pm

The DEA wants to capture the license plates of all vehicles traveling along Interstate 15 in Utah, and store that data for two years at their facility in Northern Virginia. And, as a DEA official told Utah legislators at a hearing this week (attended…

"Hands Off Our DNA" Lawsuit Gets Another Day in Court

"Hands Off Our DNA" Lawsuit Gets Another Day in Court

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 2:22pm

Last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said it would rehear the ACLU of Northern California's lawsuit challenging a California law that mandates that DNA is collected from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony.

In New York, the More DNA, the Better?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:40am

If countless episodes of TV crime shows are to be believed, matching DNA evidence taken from a crime scene to a DNA sample in a law enforcement database is a slam dunk. Got a match? Got the perp? Case closed.

But as is usually the case, reality…

It’s Your DNA — Or Is it?

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 3:27pm

Forcing people to provide a DNA sample without any judicial oversight, just because a single police officer has arrested them, violates the Constitution. That’s why California’s law mandating that DNA samples be taken from all felony arrestees…

Florida to Collect DNA from All Arrestees

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:15pm

Daytona Beach Police made headlines this week for taking DNA samples from "persons of interest" during traffic stops, and plans to start taking DNA samples from anyone arrested in the very near future. This extreme policy was ostensibly…

DNA for Pay: House Feeds Already-Bloated Genetic Databases

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:23pm

In this country, you're innocent until proven guilty. But apparently, the House of Representatives disagrees. Last week, it passed H.R. 4614, the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010. This bill would pay states to collect DNA samples…

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