Oral Argument on DNA Searches Provides Scary Glimpse Into the Future of Privacy

Hanni Fakhoury of EFF writes:

The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Maryland v. King, a case considering the constitutionality of warrantless DNA collection from arrestees. We’ve long warned about theprivacy problems with the rise of cheap, easy and fast blanket DNA collection, and filed anamicus brief with the Court urging it to hold the government can only obtain this sensitive genetic material with a search warrant. While it can be fruitless trying to read the tea leaves of oral argument, one specific idea — that technological advances making DNA analysis faster means warrantless collection may be OK — should leave you worried about the fate of privacy going forward in the digital age.

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