Does DNA databasing uphold the privacy of citizens?

  • Because there are almost all of information of many people in the database.

    People need to be able to keep their privacy safe, but a lot of people such as scientists see their information in the database which make people's privacy invaded and some bad companies that make fake DNA evidence can spread fake DNA evidence into the real crime scenes that make people to get deceived.

  • There is no violation of privacy

    Only the government would be able to use this information, and they would only use it if you are suspected of a crime. Other than that, there should be no worry. If the government uses it for another purpose, it is most likely for the protection of our country. Why should someone fear the government's ability to check our DNA if he or she don't have anything to hide?

  • It is actually cheaper in the long run

    It would greatly reduce the amount of money invested in the solving of crimes, and it is also an investment in curing numerous diseases. An investment that could save the life of you or your loved ones! I bet you if you ask a cancer patient if they would invest in it if it could cure them, they would say yes. Ditto for the others.

  • As long as the DNA records are not released to the public, privacy is still protected.

    Since the public does not have access to the records or database, there is no real threat to privacy. If the government has access to it, it's really no big deal, since they already know who we are without this information. It is vital that databases be kept for criminals, in case they commit more crimes.

    Posted by: R04chGrov
  • Yes, because there is nothing fundamentally wrong with creating a DNA database.

    The American citizen is already recorded and classified by any number of characteristics and in hundreds of databases. So, the creation of one more does not truly reduce privacy in any substantive way. For example, each American already submits to having a social security number, a Medicare number, tax registries, credit scores, entry into address books, etc. The government is already responsible for keeping our vital statistics, tax records, criminal records, and numerous other personal data secure. So, the addition of DNA is no further burden upon the individual.

    Posted by: 5h3rIsdead
  • DNA is something everyone has, so using information that it offers is valuable without concern for privacy.

    While some have said that a government DNA database could be used for negative purposes and that people's right to privacy could be overthrown I don't believe this is the case. Having information about someone's genetic tendencies would only allow us to do good things as far as medical technology and the betterment of society is concerned. While the possibility of misuse of the information exists, I don't think it is a possibility that should be given much thought or concern. There is little value to information that relates to a potential breach in personal privacy in this DNA databasing, therefore it really is of no concern on privacy issues.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • Having a DNA or fingerprint database would compromise privacy in potentially the same way.

    Having a fingerprint database can compromise privacy, but it is acceptable and useful to society. A DNA database would provide more information and therefore would be an even more accurate way to identify people for various reasons. DNA could also be used to track down family members that need to be found.

    Posted by: babydoll93
  • DNA data basing is not a violation of a citizens privacy. DNA data basing is a necessary action for dealing with crime.

    DNA databasing is not a violation of a citizens privacy. It is a necessary action for dealing with crime. You don't even have to worry about it invading your privacy unless you are involved in activities that result in your DNA being added to the database. DNA databasing is actually a good thing that is providing safety to the public by identifying who has committed crimes.

    Posted by: TasticBran
  • As long as the DNA database is safeguarded.

    Having a DNA database makes as all safer as a society. As long as the database is not abused like what could happen if the health insurance industry gets it. They might use it to deny coverage or exclude certain diseases that a person might be predisposed to. With proper supervision, the database would be a great asset.

    Posted by: ThebestKend
  • Its far too expensive

    It is far too expensive for something that might not even work, yes you would solve more crimes but with the economic situation that the united kingdom is in, we don't have the money. Also people may be insecure of themselves and Britain would feel like a big brother house. These are the reasons why I am not in favour of the DNA database.

  • Privacy trumps information hoarding.

    Think about the information recently given away by the IRS during the latest scandal concerning applicants for tax exempt status. What ever good a DNA database might provide, the government can not be trusted to protect the privacy of citizens. The potential harm from having your DNA data given out to other government agencies, insurance companies or political enemies is frightening.

  • DNA databasing of ordinary citizens does not uphold the privacy of citizens, because DNA sequencing may reveal medical conditions and genetic predispositions that should not be made available to the staff of these databases.

    DNA databasing of ordinary citizens is an infringement upon privacy. Only those with criminal records involving violent crime should be included in a law enforcement database. Special military databases could be created to house the profile of those serving in the military, to ensure proper identification, should the need arise. However, to ensure the privacy of civilians, a civilian database should only contain the DNA of individuals who voluntarily submit their profile under full disclosure to the lab or agency housing the DNA. DNA sequencing can reveal a person's ethnic background, medical conditions and genetic predisposition to disease. These profiles could be easily accessed by insurance companies which, in turn, may refuse to issue health insurance coverage based on the information found in the DNA profile. Currently, we are seeing a decline in our rights to privacy, and the creation of a national DNA database would obliterate any privacy of our individual person.

    Posted by: CarIoBIacken
  • This area has a huge potential for abuse, and privacy cannot be guaranteed.

    Although the database is secure, the data may be used for research and other commercial interests. There are currently no laws in place to safeguard this area and, although the privacy may not be an issue with most DNA traits, if a son or a daughter can be created from a DNA database, this would be a huge invasion of privacy. There's no telling what things could crop up.

    Posted by: DisillusionedGilberto67
  • Nothing could be more private and personal than DNA.

    The use of a DNA database does not actually seem very scary right now, most countries are only able to use DNA as a mean of identification. However, storing this information without knowing what science might be able to achieve in decades from now is an unreasonable thing. Governments and policies might change and this DNA database be used for other purposes.

    Posted by: WakefulTristan35
  • DNA databasing does not uphold the privacy of citizens, because it stores information that no one should have without explicit permission.

    DNA databasing definitely violates the privacy of citizens. It is bad enough that our personal information is so widely accessible, but no one should have access to our genetic makeup.

    Posted by: ToughEfrain26
  • DNA databasing does not uphold the privacy of citizens because they should not be required to have their personal DNA obtained unless they have a record.

    Requiring everyone to submit their DNA to a database is unnecessary and an invasion of privacy. It may allow officials to track down criminals more easily. However, not everyone is a criminal, and not everyone should be made to submit their DNA. If the government wants to dissuade everyone from becoming a criminal, they may as well put us all on leashes.

    Posted by: ShowKiII
  • No, because it's no different than maintaining a fingerprint database.

    DNA is no more than "scientific fingerprinting". There has never been a problem with people's fingerprint cards being public. So why would there be a problem with people's DNA being public? Although I do know of examples where the police have used previously collected DNA from a suspect, and illegally put that DNA on evidence that they gathered at a crime scene the person was never at. Then they obtained an arrest warrant, and arrested an innocent man. He was subsequently sent to prison, but later released because it was proven the police lied.

    Posted by: SlipArnal
  • No, DNA databasing does not uphold the privacy of citizens because innocent people's DNA should not be recorded; it could possibly be misused and blame could be put on innocent people.

    No, DNA databasing does not uphold the privacy of citizens because innocent people who have done nothing wrong should not have to undergo DNA testing until they are suspected of doing something wrong. Why should anyone have access to this information on innocent people? This is an infringement on their rights because everyone is purported to be innocent UNTIL proven guilty. I feel this information could be misused by those who have it and innocent people could be wrongfully charged.

    Posted by: MycCra2ii
  • As no database is fully secure, then great care needs to be taken with what is stored and where.

    Although a DNA database would be useful for medical reasons and to an extent law enforcement, the truth is that such data would likely be abused. It thus should be restricted to the person and their medical professionals, and stored in computers not connected to the internet.

    There is a very real risk, for example, that prospective employers may use genetic data, especially the risk of disease, against a job applicant. Health insurance premiums could also be affected.

    Posted by: C0urtIight

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