IRELAND- This is the first case since the DNA database was set up last November that a match has been made between a person and a crime. “It’s the first official hit recorded by the new database,” said Dr Sheila Willis, director general of FSI.
KUWAIT: The DNA testing law that will go into effect this year is aimed at creating an integrated security database and does not include genealogical implications or affects personal freedoms and privacy. Senior officials told Kuwait Times that the law, the first of its kind in the world, will only be used for criminal security purposes. When the law (no. 78/2015) is applied, it will be binding on all citizens, expatriates and visitors too. A Kuwaiti security delegation had earlier visited Washington to study DNA testing systems there.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Under a proposed law, anyone arrested for “crimes against persons” would have to surrender a DNA sample to the state’s crime lab.
Current state law requires DNA swabs upon conviction.
POCATELLO, Idaho -An Idaho State University anthropology professor has received a $510,409 grant to help develop new sex and age identification techniques in people younger than 25.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald says it is “an historic step”
Hyderabad, INDIA: Prof. Ranajit Chakraborty, a top global forensic scientist who helped in confirming Osama bin Laden’s identity a day before the news of his execution was out, stressed on the need for a national DNA database in India. Prof. Chakraborty said that it was high time India developed its own DNA database for fighting crime. He said that 58 countries in the world including China have established DNA databases. The Chinese database was established in 2000 and has around 6.9 million DNA profiles.
British police risk being overwhelmed with DNA and fingerprint requests from European Union countries if MPs decide to opt in to a controversial new database later this year, officials have warned.
In what officials say is the nation’s first such countywide effort, Bucks County police departments announced Tuesday that they have created a database of DNA samples collected from accused or suspected criminals.
SAN DIEGO — The fate of as many as 500,000 DNA samples collected from felony arrestees and stored in a state database is at the center of the latest court battle over Proposition 47.
India- The Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina has submitted to the state government a detailed project report for introducing DNA profiling of known criminals and suspects. Sources in the state government said the project will be implemented soon.
TEXAS-A new state bill going into effect today expands the state’s CODIS DNA database.
Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges.
Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony.
Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for the 2015 session that included this idea. The bill did not advance but ended up as a study committee. The bill would have required every person arrested for a felony after June 30, 2015 to undergo a cheek swab to collect a DNA sample. The bill specified that the sample would be expunged if the person was acquitted of all felony charges, all felony charges were dismissed or no charges were filed after 30 days.
Bauer authored the bill after his wife met a woman named Jayann Sepich.
3d render of DNA on blue background
India’s Human DNA Profiling Bill 2015 proposes to set up a national DNA database of criminals that will include rapists, murderers and kidnappers. But the proposed draft is being criticized on several grounds – from being insensitive to privacy issues to allowing intrusive modes of sample collection.
Australia’s law enforcement information-sharing agency CrimTrac will soon switch on a new system that will for the first time allow police to compare human remains to long-time missing persons cases across state and territory borders.
The federal government hopes the shared database will finally bring closure to the loved ones of an estimated 1600 long-term missing persons in Australia, who have been unaccounted for longer than six months.
The system will run DNA and other forensic characteristics of the missing individuals against more than 500 unidentified sets of human remains collected and recorded since the 1960s. The data is in the process of being digitized and entered into the system.
The union cabinet next week is likely consider a bill to create national DNA database of all those in conflict with law including suspects and volunteers which the critics term as against the “basic tenements of the Constitution”.