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The NYPD's new DNA dragnet: Collecting and storing genetic information, with virtually no rules

By New York Daily News

If you think clandestine DNA dragnets and secret databases are things of science fiction, I have some upsetting newsRead full story

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  • Communities accustomed to stop-and-frisk and the like will not bat an eye at this and that’s the problem. Was recently stopped at a transportation hub for my bag to be checked, which, you know, is “normal” now.

    ‘As of 2017, the OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] had more than 64,000 profiles

    Communities accustomed to stop-and-frisk and the like will not bat an eye at this and that’s the problem. Was recently stopped at a transportation hub for my bag to be checked, which, you know, is “normal” now.

    ‘As of 2017, the OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] had more than 64,000 profiles, stored regardless of whether they were identified as a suspect or cleared.’

  • Now add to the database everyone that has done those 23 & Me, Ancestory, and other DNA tests that tell us our lineage- all of whom have no requirement to tell you how your DNA is being exploited

  • Privacy is dead. Sounds like the old Soviet Union, or the Gestapo... “ we have ways of making you talk”!

  • On a positive note, minorities representation in genomic studies might increase...

  • It is absurdly bad to concentrate this kind of new and powerful information into the arsenal of police forces anywhere, and certainly not into a force that has as much history of violating the civil and human rights of people that do not obsequiously comply. To grant more tools to those who’ve shattered

    It is absurdly bad to concentrate this kind of new and powerful information into the arsenal of police forces anywhere, and certainly not into a force that has as much history of violating the civil and human rights of people that do not obsequiously comply. To grant more tools to those who’ve shattered the trust of the communities and who pour disrespect and violence upon them instead of protection and service is manifestly repugnant.

  • All systems need to be put into check without this history has shown the system fails, us that care! rules & regulations are a must.

  • Regardless of whether it's happening to minorities or not, this is disgusting, and it's absurd that it's happening in the United States.

  • “For those people *excluded* from the jogger case, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the city’s crime lab, permanently keeps those profiles in their databank and routinely compares profiles to all city crimes.”

  • Ok, so we have a substantial technological improvement in evidence collection that can violate current evidence gathering standards. Here's an idea: how about we first revise Miranda to include these situations and let policy follow along later?

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