Police DNA databases grow in wake of Supreme Court ruling

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Detective Mark Kelly of the Bensalem, Pa., Township Police demonstrating a DNA test on a steering wheel. (CREDIT: Mark Makela for The New York Times, via New York Times)

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Slowly, and largely under the radar, a growing number of local law enforcement agencies across the country have moved into what had previously been the domain of the F.B.I. and state crime labs — amassing their own DNA databases of potential suspects, some collected with the donors’ knowledge, and some without it.

And that trend — coming at a time of heightened privacy concerns after recent revelations of secret federal surveillance of telephone calls and Internet traffic — is expected only to accelerate after the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding a Maryland statute allowing the authorities to collect DNA samples from those arrested for serious crimes.

Read the full story here: Police Agencies Are Assembling Records of DNA

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