Title: The retention of forensic DNA samples: a socio-ethical evaluation of current practices in the EU
Authors: Van Camp, N ×
Dierickx, Kris #
Issue Date: Aug-2008
Publisher: B m j publishing group
Series Title: Journal of medical ethics vol:34 issue:8 pages:-
Abstract: Since the mid-1990s most EU Member States have established a national forensic DNA database. These mass repositories of DNA profiles enable the police to identify DNA stains which are found at crime scenes and are invaluable in criminal investigation. Governments have always brushed aside privacy objections by stressing that the stored DNA profiles do not contain sensitive genetic information on the included individuals and that they reside under the statutory privacy protection regulations. However, it has been generally overlooked that the police also store the DNA samples from which the DNA profiles are derived. Although these DNA samples are actually a potential source of genetic information, they have so far scarcely been the subject of discussion. In this article we will show that both European and national regulations offer inadequate protection to completely prevent function creep, that is, the use of these forensic DNA samples for purposes beyond those envisaged at the time of collection.
ISSN: 0306-6800
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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