A DNA database maintained by the New York Police Department (NYPD) is the target of a lawsuit filed by the Legal Aid Society. Yahoo! News says the database is comprised of an ever-growing number of genetic profiles of innocent New Yorkers, including children. “The city’s decision to ignore state and federal law while secretly collecting and permanently storing the DNA profiles of thousands of people should send a chill down the spine of every New Yorker,” said Dave Pollock, a Legal Aid lawyer. The September 2018 issue of The Socionomist said crime-solving via genetic surveillance “offers the tantalizing vision of improving human behavior by deterring criminals.” However, it warned that this practice “may prove as seductive as the eugenics fantasy of improving the human gene in the late 1800s and early 1900s.” For a socionomic perspective on DNA collection, read “Serial Killers and Social Mood.”
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