Breaking News: The Trump administration is moving to collect DNA samples from detained migrants for entry into a national criminal database
Genetic profiling starts.
This is a profoundly sad and massive invasion of privacy. via
U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants
when ICE started using rapid DNA to test for biological ties between children and parents they told reporters that none of the genetic data would be stored or used for other surveillance purposes but guess what
This "mass collection alters the purpose of DNA collection from one of criminal investigation basically to population surveillance, which is basically contrary to our basic notions of a free, trusting, autonomous society."
"The new rules would allow the government to collect DNA from children, as well as those who seek asylum at legal ports of entry and have not broken the law."
This is dystopian. It's really unnerving to think that years of genetics and bioinformatics research can so easily be leveraged for terrible purposes and that there are scientists who will cooperate
In 1999, my first bioethics article ever, I predicted FBI's DNA database would grow way beyond what it was then- mostly a collection of DNA mostly on *convicted* felons. Nice to be right for once in my life... or not.
Vera Eidelman, ACLU: “That kind of mass collection alters the purpose of DNA collection from criminal investigation to population surveillance, which is contrary to our basic notions of a free, trusting, autonomous society.” s/o ⁦
This is a Bad Idea.
The dystopian totalitarian bingo card is filling up quick!
Plan for wide DNA collection on detainees at southern border, incl. children (no consent). "fradulent family groups" and because "criminal aspect to that population" - US DHS Tech: STR markers, iCODIS database Times: Buzzfeed:
Geneticists should not partipare in these efforts, nor should they support the corporations that willingly sell the products and reagents that make these unethical actions possible.
Government Plans to Begin DNA Testing on Detained Immigrants
US government plans to collect DNA from detained immigrants.
Government Plans to Begin DNA Testing on Detained Immigrants
AT LAST: Putting DNA to good use!