Rapid DNA analyzers coming to every police station and TSA checkpoint in America
by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, January 10, 2013
If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you’ve got nothing to worry about, right?
That seems to be the pervasive logic of an increasing number of government officials and agencies that have forgotten the uniquely American legal principle of being presumed innocent until proven guilty. How else to explain the acceptance and widespread employment of technology that gathers potential evidence on everyone indiscriminately, whether they’ve been suspected of creating a crime or not?
According to the Electronic Freedom Frontier, a group that advocates for privacy rights in the digital age, “In the amount of time it takes to get lunch, the government can now collect your DNA and extract a profile that identifies you and your family members” using a device called a Rapid DNA Analyzer, which can “process DNA in 90 minutes or less.”
Guilty until proven…innocent?