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DNA

Overview#

DNA is an Abbreviation of Deoxyribonucleic Acid.

Privacy Considerations#

DNA reveals an extraordinary amount of private information about us. Our DNA contains our entire genetic makeup. The Genome can reveal where our ancestors came from, who we are related to, our physical characteristics, and whether we are likely to get various genetically-determined diseases. Researchers have also theorized DNA may predict race, intelligence, criminality, sexual orientation, and even political ideology.

DNA collected from one person can be used to track down and implicate family members, even if those family members have never willingly donated their own DNA to a database. In 2012, researchers used genetic genealogy databases and publicly-available information to identify nearly 50 people from just three original anonymized samples. The police have used familial DNA searching to tie family members to unsolved crimes.

Once the United States federal government collects a DNA sample—no matter which agency does the collecting—the sample is sent to the FBI for storage, and the extracted profile is incorporated into the FBI’s massive CODIS database, which already contains over 13 million “offender” profiles (“detainees” are classified as “offenders”). It is next to impossible to get DNA expunged from the database, and once it’s in CODIS it is subject to repeated warrantless searches from all levels of US State and federal Law Enforcement Agency. Those searches have implicated people for crimes they didn’t commit.

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