Legal Aid Society


LAS Calls on Albany to Regulate City’s Rogue DNA Database

The Legal Aid Society called on Albany to pass legislation that would prohibit the City of New York from maintaining its controversial DNA database, as reported by the Queens Daily Eagle.

Despite promises to remove a large portion of the more than 33,000 people whose profiles are currently included, new data shows that the City continues to index more New Yorkers’ DNA.

“We have no idea who those people who are supposed to be removed but haven’t been yet are. They could be some of the children as young as 12. And we don’t know when — if ever — they will actually be able to get their genetic privacy back,” said Terri Rosenblatt, Supervising Attorney of the DNA Unit at The Legal Aid Society.