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posted by janrinok on Friday May 18 2018, @01:13AM   Printer-friendly
from the creepy dept.

In Germany, controversial law gives Bavarian police new power to use DNA

Police in the German state of Bavaria will have new powers to use forensic DNA profiling after a controversial law passed [May 15] in the Landtag, the state parliament in Munich. The law is the first in Germany that allows authorities to use DNA to help determine the physical characteristics, such as eye color, of an unknown culprit.

The new DNA rules are part of a broader law which has drawn criticism of the wide surveillance powers it gives the state's police to investigate people they deem an "imminent danger," people who haven't necessarily committed any crimes but might be planning to do so.

[...] move was prompted, in part, by the rape and murder of a medical student in Freiburg, Germany, in late 2016. An asylum seeker, originally from Afghanistan, was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison. But some authorities complained that they could have narrowed their search more quickly if they had been able to use trace DNA to predict what the suspect would look like. Existing federal and state laws allow investigators to use DNA only to look for an exact match between crime scene evidence and a potential culprit, either in a database of known criminals or from a suspect.

In 2017, federal authorities proposed allowing investigators to conduct broader DNA profiling, but the proposal stalled after critics called for an expanded ethical debate on the advantages and disadvantages of the techniques.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 18 2018, @04:28PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 18 2018, @04:28PM (#681234)

    Not the same at all, by a long stretch. I don't know about PBS, but the BBC has refined propaganda to the point that it makes Goebbels look like an amateur.

    Really? The BBC seems fairly facts oriented and lacking in the "opinion as news" narrative we see in the US. A quick glance at the headlines seems to indicate that as well. They do, along with US media, seem overly preoccupied with the wedding of Prince Ginger and Princess Pickaninny.

    I've always thought that PBS is pretty facts oriented as well. The far right seems to hate them, however, as too left leaning.

    The Nazis would have salivated at the level of mass manipulation possible now with our always on interconnected world. Especially a world where everything is digital, and not hardcopy, making it really easy for past information to be altered or deleted. Like the 1984 "memory hole".

    And all this time, I've been telling people just the opposite. Anything posted online will be recorded forever. Isn't that why Europe has been whining for the "right to be forgotten"?