Google Wants Your DNA: Are You Willing to be a Project in the Cloud?

by jeeg 16. December 2014 20:48
  For the past 18 months, Google has quietly been approaching hospitals and universities to acquire genome data in an effort to roll out a cloud computing service for DNA, according to Technology Review. Google Genomics is the search giant’s first product for the DNA age, providing an... [More]

Taking your Genome to the Bank

by jeeg 16. December 2014 20:46
  What’s more valuable than your money, equally vulnerable, and unique to you? Answer: Your genome. And just like your money, your genome should be stored securely as possible and those institutions that store your genome should be regulated on how they store it, use it, and potentiall... [More]

About That Creepy Biometric Database, FBI, We'd Like to Know a Bit More

by jeeg 27. June 2014 19:14
  The FBI's facial recognition database, into which it wants to put 52 million of our mugs by the end of 2015, is only part of its larger Next Generation Identification (NGI) program. The NGI program is intended to give the feds a full range of means to identify us according to biometric m... [More]

CRG Coalition to Attorney General: Review FBI's Massive Biometric Database

by jeeg 25. June 2014 22:56
  Council for Responsible Genetics, EPIC, EFF, ACLU, Defending Dissent, and a coalition of over 30 organizations have urged Attorney General Holder to immediately conduct a privacy assessment of the FBI's proposed "Next Generation Identification" system. The system is set to go f... [More]

Why UK citizen's should opt out of the Government's new patient database

by jeeg 31. January 2014 21:38
We have until March to opt out of the care.data initiative. The ‘theoretical risk’ that we might be re-identified fr om our personal data once it is made available to third parties is a compelling reason to opt-out. However, this is not the only reason. Care.data is part of a major... [More]

Supreme Court Weighing Genetic Privacy

by jeeg 9. November 2012 21:32
Supreme Court justices are to meet privately Friday to weigh whether they will hear a major genetic-privacy case testing whether authorities may take DNA samples from anybody arrested for a serious crime.   The case has wide-ranging implications, as at least 21 states and the federal go... [More]

California and the Fourth Amendment

by jeeg 20. September 2012 01:42
On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is scheduled to reconsider whether California violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against searches and seizures by requiring police to take DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted of felonies. Califor... [More]

DNA Lab Cover-Up: SFPD to Investigate Claims in Secret Court Records

by jeeg 14. December 2011 00:21
The San Francisco Police Department is launching an internal-affairs investigation based on a whistleblower's allegations that senior police officials and prosecutors may have deliberately tried to deceive state inspectors about the health of the department's DNA-testing lab.   Rockne H... [More]

Russia to create severe offenders DNA database

by jeeg 24. October 2011 22:53
The Russian newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, writes that moving forward the DNA of most aggressive criminals will be stored in a special government registry. Every penitentiary will have special Ministry of Interior labs that will take blood samples from severe offenders and store them for futur... [More]

Guidelines on DNA samples unlawful

by jeeg 20. May 2011 19:42
Police guidelines allowing forces to retain the fingerprints and DNA samples of innocent people are unlawful, a panel of leading British judges ruled today. The ruling was made by the Supreme Court in London nearly three years after the European Court of Human Rights reached a similar conclu... [More]
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