Arizona DNA Data Base

I came across a new article yesterday and its been bugging me ever since. A new DNA law is in the works and it scares me. The resulting invasion of privacy of my very personal DNA could be used for numerous purposes is just creepy. I would have no say in what it is used for, and it has a scope to become even bigger. If we allow such a law, when would it stop. We would be opening the door that everyone would be required to supply their DNA to live in the state or when you enter the state. Your child when it’s born, DNA would be taken and put in the database. While some applaud the advanced forward thinking of the law. I myself believe that this is another violation of our rights. A stepping stone to a slippery slope that could very well become the end of the world we now live in and become something we do not recognize. Communist state, Governmental Rule, Authoritarian, Eminent Domain just to name a few comes to mind.

With that DNA they could test for genetic markers that could make your insurance be higher because they found the probability of a disease in the future. Denial of services would become normal. Think of your children and family members that may need life-saving measures but with their DNA in the system they will not waste the resources. Your genetic marker says that you may become blind so they deny you the ability to drive, the list goes on. Yes prosecuting criminals will be easier, finding evidence, knowing who committed the crime would be easier. It’s all the other things that it will be used for is definitely not worth the easier part. A full write up of the current information we have on the law and what could possibly be the start of everyone submitting their DNA is included. I hope you are as concerned with this law and the future implications it could cause.

A new law being considered in Arizona would force state employees, parent volunteers and those seeking professional licenses to submit their DNA to a huge statewide database unprecedented in scope – and to pay for the “privilege.”

Anyone fingerprinted by the state for a job, volunteer position, or license –a surprisingly broad category that includes parent volunteers at public schools, government workers, real estate agents, foster parents, law enforcement and healthcare workers– would be required to submit their DNA to a central database run by the Arizona Department of Public Safety under the proposed law. Anyone ordered by the court to submit DNA for the purpose of verifying paternity or other familial relationships would also end up in the database, and even dead bodies passing through the office of the medical examiner would be subjected to DNA collection, if Senate Bill 1745, proposed by Arizona state Rep. David Livingston (R), becomes law.

The treasure-trove of genetic material would be available to all law enforcement personnel, other government agencies (potentially out-of-state and federal), and even to private interests conducting “legitimate research.” Indexed by name, social security number, birthdates, and last known address, such a sprawling database would be unprecedented in any US state.

To pay for the scheme, the bill proposes a $250 fee to be collected from anyone submitting a sample – adding insult to privacy-invading injury.

Livingston did not respond to multiple requests from the Arizona Republic to explain the motivation behind the bill, leaving legal experts to wonder what it might accomplish. The obvious explanation –facilitating criminal investigations– appears to be beside the point, since Arizona law enforcement already collects DNA from individuals convicted of felonies and misdemeanor sex crimes.

It’s not focusing on the people most likely to be linked to crimes, it’s just spreading the net more broadly,” David Kaye of Penn State University, an associate dean for research who studies genetics in law, told the Republic. “It doesn’t seem like solving crimes is a big priority here.”

It’s possible the law is piggybacking on the recent case in which investigators in Phoenix used DNA to link Nathan Sutherland, a nurse at Hacienda Healthcare, with a patient who mysteriously gave birth in December after 19 years in a vegetative state. Employees at that facility were asked for DNA samples and submitted them voluntarily without incident, however. Sutherland was arrested when his DNA proved a match to the child.

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