Universal forensic DNA databases: Balancing the costs and benefits

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Abstract

The article considers the potential costs and benefits from the implementation of a universal forensic DNA database in Australia. In particular, it considers the impact that a database of this type would have on current issues associated with the use of DNA evidence in criminal investigation and prosecution, along with the relevant individual rights considerations. The article discusses the potential impact such a database would have on privacy rights, and balances these impacts against possible benefits, such as making investigations more targeted and efficient. The development of a database of this type is also discussed in light of the development of DNA and other biometric databases in Australia and other jurisdictions around the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-135
Number of pages5
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2018

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