Forensic genetics, ethics, privacy, and public policy Book Chapter

White, TJ, Lee, SB. (2020). Forensic genetics, ethics, privacy, and public policy . 329-362. 10.1093/oso/9780190909444.003.0016

cited authors

  • White, TJ; Lee, SB



  • Chapter 15 covers various ethical issues associated with the use of DNA methods for forensic analyses and human rights investigations. Topics include informed consent and storage issues for samples and profiles; data security and privacy; identification of individuals using aggregate data from forensic, genealogical, research, or clinical databases; the burden of the obligation to report incidental findings that are medically actionable; cultural perspectives on genetic information; government misuse of potentially sensitive DNA data; public policy regarding the validity of pattern/experience evidence; and other non-DNA forensic science disciplines.

publication date

  • January 1, 2020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 329

end page

  • 362