Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Politics and International Relations
Imagine you are sitting at your home watching a television program with your family one average weekend night. Suddenly, you hear a sharp knock and the doorbell rings. When you open the door, you discover several uniformed police officers waiting to take you away. The officers explain that you are a suspect of a serious crime based on DNA you never gave voluntarily. They found you through your third cousin’s profile on an online genetic database. Using his genetic information, they were able to match the familial line to a sample from the crime scene and use known information to determine you are the suspect. You begin to wonder how this could be legal and whether or not your privacy been infringed.
Clements, Julia, "Privacy in the 21st Century: DNA and the Fourth Amendment" (2019). Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate. 196.