… not the whole practice, but the potential privacy issues that are left dangling any time you are charged with a felony in California.
California state law mandates DNA collection from anyone who is arrested for felony, whether or not they are eventually charged or convicted of a crime. That DNA is stored in a database accessible to law enforcement across the country and even around the world. The government has argued that the genetic markers that make up a person’s DNA profile are “junk” and provide no more information than a person’s fingerprint. However, new research has shown that so-called “junk” DNA actually plays a critical role in controlling how our cells, tissue and organs behave. As we explained last week, that means that when the government collects DNA, it has information that could reveal an extraordinary amount of private information, including familial relationships, medical history, predisposition for disease, and possibly even behavioral tendencies and sexual orientation.