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Do You Support a Mandatory DNA Database?

Do you support a database of DNA?

by Countable | 2.21.19

What’s the story?

  • An Arizona state legislator had proposed a law that would have forced many residents to provide samples of their DNA to a state database where it would be stored with their name, birth date, Social Security Number, and last known address.

What was in the original bill?

  • Senate Bill 1475, introduced by Sen. David Livingston (R-Peoria), would require DNA to be collected from any Arizonan who has to be fingerprinted for a job and volunteers for certain positions.
  • The bill “would even authorize the medical examiner's office in each county to take DNA from any bodies that come into their possession,” wrote The Arizona Republic.

What are both sides saying?

  • After public outcry, the bill was amended to only require DNA samples from “from professionals who care for patients with intellectual disabilities in an intermediate care facility.”
  • Livingston explained that the initial bill came to his desk following the scandal at Hacienda Healthcare—a woman in a vegetative state gave birth to a child on December 29th in a Phoenix assisted-living home.
"That bill got my attention," he said. "Why did it get my attention? Sexual assault. Abuse. Rape. Unacceptable. This [Arizona Senate committee) needs to do something about it."
  • Sen. Lupe Contreras (D-Avondale) described the bill — even in its newest form — as a "stepping stone into madness."
  • Liz Recchia, director of government affairs for the West Maricopa Association of Realtors had urged readers of her blog to “brace themselves” before looking at the bill.
“Senator Livingston, you and I would do well to read Thomas Paine’s 'Rights of Man'. His premise is as true today as it was 250 years ago: Man is given natural rights as part of his existence. He does not join a society or form a government in order to lose those rights.”
  • A DPS spokesman told the Republic that the department doesn't comment on pending legislation.
  • Currently, Maryland is considering legislation that would prohibit the use of DNA databases to solve crime.

What do you think?

Do you support a DNA database? Is it a way to curb sexual assault and bring perpetrators to justice? Or is it a violation of privacy? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / SusanneB)

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  • Kimberly
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    A mandatory DNA database is a massive invasion of privacy. The possibility for abuse is terrifying and does not outweigh any possible benefit to such a bill.

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  • Phillip
    02/21/2019
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    Although the proposal comes from an honorable goal of protecting victims, once implemented it opens a Pandora’s box of potential abuses against people who have committed no crime. When it comes up, and it will come up, to protect other groups where will we draw the line. Eventually I fear DNA samples will be required, stored, and maintained from birth, and the potential abuses of that information spread way past criminal investigations.

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  • Jerrey
    Voted Yes
    02/21/2019
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    For those convicted of felonies,this is a must! The number of criminal cases solved to date merits that this be done. I am NOT in favor of a database of all citizens in general however!

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  • 55McCoy
    Voted Maybe
    02/21/2019
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    There would have to be very strict limits on it.

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  • J. scott
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    I do not support a universal DNA Database however; 1)I do believe people would volunteer if offered financial incentives; 2) I do support adding anyone who joins the military; 3) I would support adding convicted felons; 4) Last but not least access to the database needs a specific set of protocols and cyber security is paramount.

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  • wicked-italian
    02/21/2019
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    No. Absolutely not. Too much room for potential abuse by people who have access to the database and hackers, not to mention the harm from inadvertent (or negligent) compromise of sensitive personal information. If people want to voluntarily add their DNA to a database, so be it, but the situations where it becomes a condition of employment ought to be kept to a bare minimum.

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  • Daesean
    Voted Maybe
    02/21/2019
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    My question would be, what would the DNA be used for? DNA for crime analysis is one thing, but that inaccurately assumes that everyone is likely to commit a crime. Aside from that, I’m having a hard time seeing the purpose of this

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  • James
    Voted Yes
    02/21/2019
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    A job that requires a fingerprint would also require a DNA test

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  • burrkitty
    Voted No
    02/22/2019
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    Oh hell no! That is a huge invasion of privacy. We don’t have laws in place to prevent abuse of data like that. We don’t even have laws in place that say that the individual owns their genetic information. Corporations are already starting on the path to abuse genetic data when it comes to healthcare. We don’t have the support structure in place to safely and ethically collect mass quantities of genetic data. It’s a huge black hole of potential abuse. Absolutely not.

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  • Brian
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    This would be very damaging to privacy, and I hope we don't do it anywhere. I'm already concerned about the collection of private data by corporations and how they may be willing to share or sell it in the future. Our DNA should remain private and only share-able by explicit permission. The only DNA to collect would be upon arrest, and even then it should not be shared.

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  • Kodiwodi
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    Unequivocally no. This is a massive overreaction to a single situation occurring in Arizona. There is far too much room for abuse and I believe we have a Constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches. I support collecting DNA from those convicted of crimes and those serving in the military and police. I might even be persuaded to include government officials but to include the general public, absolutely not.

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    02/22/2019
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    Stratospheric potential for abuse. NO NO NO to Senate Bill 1475, introduced by Sen. David Livingston (R-Peoria), creating a government DNA database. Even one narrow in scope. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This bill is a slippery slope into an Orwellian nightmare.

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  • Mart
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    Doesn’t congress have something Constitutional to do?

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  • operaman
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    As we travel our path of life, we will leave a trail of DNA like a trail of breadcrumbs. Similar to finding out your great grandfather was a cattle rustler and lynched on a low tree limb.

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  • CombatVeteran
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    Has anyone read '1984'?

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  • James
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    Absolutely not! Look Dr. Frankenstein I don’t know what kook is coming up with crappy questions or evil ideas like this and this sounds like some international entity is trying to push this! If you really want a data base with everyone’s DNA then you will have to find the remains of Adam and Eve then you will have everyone’s DNA! You don’t want mine trust me! If you were to clone me then you would get a Patriotic, Christian American that serves his country, drinks a lot of cold beer, gets laid by hot chicks and rides a Harley Davidson and votes Republican! Now goofball! Do you really want to clone me? Oh yeah and back in the day I was quite the scrapper/,brawler as well! I will put a smile on your 18 year old daughters face as well!😜

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    No mandatory DNA database. No!

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  • Michael
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    You can’t even protect out financial and personal data. No way you could protect our genetic data. That, and you will just sell it to Big Pharma.

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  • KevinRosa
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    This is a blatant violation of the constitutional right to privacy. There should not be a mandatory DNA database of any kind whatsoever and government should crack down on shady business practices that force job seekers to be drug tested or fingerprinted simply for the sake of gaining employment.

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  • Jim
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    Absolutely against. Just remember all these companies that have been hacked. This is a line to far

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  • James
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    While I can understand the concept behind the idea, I believe that the potential for abuse or risk from hacking is too great. I believe that at this juncture, you should only be subject to a compulsory DNA sample if you are convicted of a crime, and even in that scenario it would have to be felony level and pass the moral and ethical standard.

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  • tituswife
    Voted No
    02/21/2019
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    It's a violation of our #4thAmendmentRights, however well meaning. But, Maryland not using the database to solve crimes? That's absurd. If the information exists, use it. How many murders and other violent crimes were charged to the wrong person before the science of DNA?

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