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Technology Trends and Violations of a Citizen's Rights

Discuss how identification information, such as DNA profiles or fingerprints, could be misused by the criminal justice system and could amount to a violation of a citizen's rights under the U.S. Constitution. 3-4 paragraphs. Please include your references.

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1. Discuss how identification information, such as DNA profiles or fingerprints, could be misused by the criminal justice system and could amount to a violation of a citizen's rights under the U.S. Constitution. 3-4paragraphs. Please include your references.

This question addresses the privacy rights of individual under the U.S. Constitution. The introduction of any new technology is likely to raise concerns about its impact on society. According to the Committee on DNA Technology in Forensic Science, National Research Council, financial costs, potential harm to the interests of individuals, and threats to liberty or privacy are only a few of the worries typically voiced when a new technology is on the horizon. DNA typing technology has the potential for uncovering and revealing a great deal of information that most people consider to be intensely private. For example, forensic databank banks challenge personal liberties through the misuse of personal information (DNA profiles and fingerprints) that could violate privacy rights under the US. Constitution. For example, DNA typing in the criminal-justice system has so far been used primarily for direct comparison of DNA profiles of evidence samples with profiles of samples from known suspects. However, that application constitutes only the tip of the iceberg of potential law-enforcement applications. If DNA profiles of samples from a population were stored in computer databanks (databases), DNA typing could be applied in crimes without suspects. Investigators could compare DNA profiles of biological evidence samples with a databank to search for suspects. http://print.nap.edu/pdf/0309045878/pdf_image/111.pdf Does this violate individual rights or increase the efficiency of the criminal justice system?

In many respects, the situation is analogous to that of latent fingerprints, Committee on DNA Technology in Forensic Science, National Research Council argues. ...

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Discusses how identification information, such as DNA profiles or fingerprints, could be misused by the criminal justice system and could amount to a violation of a citizen's rights under the U.S. Constitution. References included.

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