Florida: It’s a Felony to Handle Someone Else’s DNA – Forensics: April 14, 2021

I saw this recently on ForensicsFlorida: It’s a Felony to Handle Someone Else’s DNA https://www.forensicmag.com/575113-Florida-It-s-a-Felony-to-Handle-Someone-Else-s-DNA/. Slightly longer article. This applies even if the person had initial permission from the individual to share the DNA. Does not apply to criminal investigations, court order, or federal law.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Michelle Taylor Editor-in-Chief

Advancing technology is almost always a positive situation, but the implications of change are different across industries. In a materials laboratory, for example, a new universal tester is not going to affect much beyond efficiency. The same for a clinical laboratory that procures a new panel to test flu samples more rapidly. In a forensics laboratory, however, change has the potential to impact the criminal justice system at multiple levels.

The continually evolving technology behind DNA testing—combined with decreasing costs—has forced states to consider the genetic code of citizens inside House and Senate chambers much more often than in previous decades.

In terms of privacy, the state of Florida has led the discussion thus far, and has just added to it with a bill that would recommend felony charges for handling someone’s DNA without their explicit consent.



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