What if our DNA is sold?

A National DNA database is going to be expensive. The arguments for it are that such a database will enable the police to solve crimes quicker. But according to GeneWatch, there is a lack of evidence a National DNA database will actually be of much benefit:

Expanding the Database to include more and more individuals is a huge waste of money because it is not helping to solve more crimes. In addition, it is open to abuse. Computerised DNA profiles can be used to track individuals or their relatives, and the original DNA samples also contain unlimited genetic information, including private information about a person’s health. It is retaining people’s computerised DNA profiles and DNA samples that is most controversial, not collecting them to investigate a crime.

A National DNA database is going to be expensive. Who will pay? Let’s hope the Government does not try to recoup the cost by reselling data to third-parties. There are plenty of organisations that could argue they have a legitimate use for such data – as in identity checks for setting up new bank accounts or insurance policies. However, the DVLA got caught out in 2005, when it was found to have sold car registration details to criminals. And who’s to say, life and medical insurers won’t look to get more detailed DNA access,. They could, for instance, quote an insurance premium knowing you are susceptible to a terminal illness or even possibly your life expectancy.