March 4, 2021

U.S. to collect and store DNA from teenagers detained at the border

U.S. to collect and store DNA from teenagers detained at the border

U.SCustoms and Border Protection somehow just managed to get even more handsy when it comes to your most intimate data.

Starting today, the branch of the Department of Homeland Security will start collecting DNA from people it detains at the U.S. border. And yes, according to a privacy impact assessment published by DHS, kids as young as 14 are subject to the new program.

The agency, asserts the DHS, will only collect DNA from people who are in custody and “subject to fingerprinting.” This means that, should you be fortunate enough to breeze through the border as a U.S. citizen, your DNA will not be added to the FBI-maintained database where the records will end up. …

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