The Courts Will Decide If Police Can Sample DNA Without A Warrant
Michael Risher of the ACLU of Northern California is challenging a California law that requires all felony arrestees to give a DNA sample.
He argues that Americans “don’t want the government to have all that information about us.” The government doesn’t have the right to demand our genetic material – including the wealth of personal information it holds – even if it promises to use it only for law enforcement, Risher claims.
Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who filed a friend of the court brief in the case, says he’s concerned about “some of the problems of large-scale data gathering not based on any individualized suspicion that someone is engaged in criminal activities.”
That concern is already playing out in terms of…
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