NACDL - Justice as Fairness: Forensic Implications Of DNA and Privacy

Justice as Fairness: Forensic Implications Of DNA and Privacy

The use of DNA in criminal cases has improved the ability to associate individuals with crime scenes and to associate individuals with each other. Advancing technologies, however, may threaten privacy. DNA analyses have the potential to reveal information about one’s health, one’s family, and one’s future health. Statutes mandating the gathering of DNA from individuals merely arrested but not convicted are ripe for a legal challenge.