Forensic DNA phenotyping: Developing a model privacy impact assessment

Nathan SCUDDER, Dennis MCNEVIN, Sally KELTY, Simon J. Walsh, James ROBERTSON

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Forensic scientists around the world are adopting new technology platforms capable of efficiently analysing a larger proportion of the human genome. Undertaking this analysis could provide significant operational benefits, particularly in giving investigators more information about the donor of genetic material, a particularly useful investigative lead. Such information could include predicting externally visible characteristics such as eye and hair colour, as well as biogeographical ancestry. This article looks at the adoption of this new technology from a privacy perspective, using this to inform and critique the application of a Privacy Impact Assessment to this emerging technology. Noting the benefits and limitations, the article develops a number of themes that would influence a model Privacy Impact Assessment as a contextual framework for forensic laboratories and law enforcement agencies considering implementing forensic DNA phenotyping for operational use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-230
Number of pages9
JournalForensic Science International: Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


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