An Empirical Study of Taiwan’s Criminal DNA Database: Focusing on Information Privacy Issues

An Empirical Study of Taiwan’s Criminal DNA Database: Focusing on Information Privacy Issues

 

Title
An Empirical Study of Taiwan’s Criminal DNA Database: Focusing on Information Privacy Issues
Author
Ting-Chi Liu
Keywords
Compulsory DNA Sampling Act, Criminal DNA Database, Information Privacy, Surreptitious Sampling, Familial Searching
Abstract
Since the promulgation of the Compulsory DNA Sampling Act in 1999 (the
“Act”), Taiwan has established its criminal DNA database. However, so far, no one
from the academia has conducted any systematic review or study on the database,
and its operation is not as transparent as its counterparts in the United States and
United Kingdom. This paper intends to thoroughly explore the current status of the
database, from DNA sampling to DNA sample analysis to the storage of DNA
samples and records, and to inquiry methodology on the database and application
thereof by means of in-depth interviews with persons who have first-hand knowledge
regarding the daily operation of the database. The results of this paper will
hopefully provide an objective and clear basis for future discussion of important
database policies, such as whether we should amend the Act to extend the mandatory sampling requirement to include a broader range of offenders, among other
important issues.
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