DNA database innocents win landmark European court

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    DNA database innocents win landmark European court ruling - Telegraph

     
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    I would rather have my DNA stay in record even after being proven innocent for one reason: It would still be able to prove my innocence in the future. Just depends on how they tag it I guess.
     
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    but dna can be taken over and over...this is a quandry...one one hand i support the privacy of an individual...on the other hand i could see dna leading to the person who took a kid...dna is nearly always left behind even when you simply kidnap a kid...so if it stopped that and helped solve rapes why not keep a dna bank, is it not similar to finger printing?
     
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    I would, as a responsible member of society, request they keep it. As an Individual I would say destroy it.
     
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    And there, if I may say so, is a perfect encapsulation of the quandary.

    No, not a breath of sarcasm or cynicism. I mean it.
     
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    Yup, which should win out? The good of the society? Or the right of the individual? I suspect push come to shove I would eventually side with society, as the DNA does NOT , by its existance, do anything to anyone. Unless one can provide evidence of false matches or of poor science the database does nothing simply by existing.

    However the logic should not be that having the data base will catch criminals. That assumes guilt. The logic should be that it excludes innocents. If one can keep finger prints one should be able to keep DNA.
     
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    I think you've summed it up pretty damn well. I hope there's a legislator, somewhere, reading this. If not, then cut and paste and forward.
     
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    Why does the government need that information?

    Power and control.
     
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    Government has a responsibility to protect society. Are you going to argue they have no right to fingerprints as well? Exactly how does one find criminals with out tools like these? Exactly what "right" is violated if you are no criminal? Criminals do NOT have the right to use our own laws and freedoms to avoid being caught. No one that has not committed a crime has any worry about finger prints of DNA in the hands of a just and good government. If the Government is not those things then they are not going to care what you think anyway.
     
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    Someone should tell them that a microchip implanted into the forehead or the right hand for ALL European citizens would be much better in the long run. Perhaps Obama can propose that to his European friends.
     

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