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Do People Have a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Abandoned DNA?

Genetic Privacy

A recent NY Times article discusses how the police are increasingly collecting DNA samples from suspects — not with warrants or probable cause — they are gathering it surreptitiously from the abandoned DNA that people leave behind:

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Genetic Testing: Further Debate with Richard Epstein

Privacy of Genetic Information

Richard Epstein has posted a reply continuing our debate over whether employers should be able to use genetic testing information to make employment decisions regarding employees. Here are the posts in our debate so far:

1. Solove, IBM vs. NBA: Using Employee Genetic Information

2. Epstein, Two Cheers for Genetic Testing

3. Solove, A Reply to Richard Epstein on Genetic Testing

4. Epstein, A Third Cheer for Genetic Testing

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A Reply to Richard Epstein on Genetic Testing

Genetic Privacy

In his first post to the relatively new Chicago Law Faculty Blog(which has turned out to be a really interesting blog by the way), Professor Richard Epstein argues against my recent post about genetic testing in the workplace. Epstein disagrees with my general view that it is better to restrict employers from using genetic information in making employment decisions.

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IBM vs. NBA: Using Employee Genetic Information

Genetic Privacy

This week, IBM announced that it would not use genetic information in making any employment decision:

On October 10, IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano signed a revision of the company’s equal opportunity policy specifying that IBM would not “use genetic information in its employment decisions.” In doing so, Big Blue became the first major corporation to proactively take this position. “Business activities such as hiring, promotion and compensation of employees will be conducted without regard to a person’s genetics,” wrote Palmisano in a letter to employees announcing the change.

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Should We All Be in the National DNA Database?

DNA Database

The Senate recently voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. But nestled in the Act was an amendment by Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) to add arrestee information to the national DNA database. The national DNA database, which is run by the FBI, is called the Combined DNA Index System (“CODIS”), and it includes DNA from over two million convicted criminals. This DNA is used to identify matches with DNA found at crime scenes.

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