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NCJ Number: 222074 Find in a Library
Title: Study of Spanish Attitudes Regarding the Custody and Use of Forensic DNA Databases
Journal: Forensic Science International: Genetics  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:March 2008  Pages:138-149
Author(s): Joaquin-Jose Gamero; Jose-Luis Romero; Juan-Luis Peralta; Francisco Corte-Real; Margarita Guillen; Maria-Joao Anjos
Date Published: March 2008
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Utilizing a representative sample of the Spanish population, an analysis of opinion was conducted with regard to the institutions that should exercise custody and protection over the DNA profiles included in criminal databases.
Abstract: With regard to which institutions or organizations should watch over the confidentiality of the stored DNA genetic profiles, the surveyed population’s support for the National Agency for DNA Profiles (a judicially backed, autonomous and public institution dependent on the Ministry of Justice) was emphasized; second, was the Institute of Legal Medicine which is also dependent on the Ministry of Justice. These institutions were seen as the most appropriate for the safeguarding of citizens’ rights and the use of protected genetic data. In their efforts to create DNA profile databanks that would help solve cases that remain unsolved, many countries do not pay attention to questions concerning quality control in laboratories, security measures and the right to privacy, freedom, equality, and nondiscrimination, as well as the institutions that must safeguard these rights. The results of an opinion poll which has been carried out among the Spanish population are presented serving to reveal the public attitudes/criteria which society has with regard to those institutions responsible for the custody of DNA profile databases. Figures and references
Main Term(s): Computer privacy and security; Databases; DNA fingerprinting
Index Term(s): Computer crime prevention measures; Data security; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Spain
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