Title

Forensic genetics, ethics, privacy, and public policy

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Department

Justice Studies

Publication Title

Silent Witness: Forensic DNA Evidence in Criminal Investigations and Humanitarian Disasters

Editor

Henry Erlich, Eric Stover and Thomas J. White

DOI

10.1093/oso/9780190909444.003.0016

First Page

329

Last Page

362

Abstract

Chapter 15 covers various ethical issues associated with the use of DNA methods for forensic analyses and human rights investigations. Topics include informed consent and storage issues for samples and profiles; data security and privacy; identification of individuals using aggregate data from forensic, genealogical, research, or clinical databases; the burden of the obligation to report incidental findings that are medically actionable; cultural perspectives on genetic information; government misuse of potentially sensitive DNA data; public policy regarding the validity of pattern/experience evidence; and other non-DNA forensic science disciplines.

Keywords

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing, DNA profile, Forensic DNA, Forensic genetics, Genetic genealogy, Genetic privacy

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