The laws regarding DNA collection and privacy vary from state to state, with California leading the way with its Genetic Information Privacy Act, which seeks to protect individuals from the unauthorized use of their genetic information and ensure that genetic information is not collected, stored, or disclosed without the individual’s authorization. At the Supreme Court level, hearings are underway to determine whether DNA could be taken from an arrestee (vs. those already convicted of crimes). The following pages have additional information for those interested in learning more about DNA privacy issues:
- The Electronic Privacy Information Center maintains a list of news topics on the issue of Genetic Privacy
- How Secure is Your DNA? This article on DNA security provides a useful overview of the current laws in effect as well as landmark DNA privacy cases.