Protecting against racial profiling in DNA databases
Criminal DNA databases at national, state and city level are used to search for crime perpetrators, and DNA profiles from as many plausible suspects as possible are often collected to look for a match. However, these profiles may be retained in these databases, and because crime correlates with socio-economic status, geographic location and ethnicity, this results in racial genetic profiling. In this issue, Blindenbach et al. propose a solution to protect the privacy of these DNA profiles, ensuring that criminal databases learn nothing about them.
See Blindenbach et al. and Syndercombe Court