DNA Databases and Big Data

  • Machado H
  • Granja R
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Criminal DNA databases are expanding in different regions of the world to support the activities of the criminal justice system. The use of techniques that combine different sources of digital information for preventing and anticipating the risk of crime (one of the potential uses of so-called Big Data) is increasingly seen as a promising strategy to govern crime. This chapter provides an overview of the development of technological systems orientated towards genetic surveillance of criminalized populations. It also outlines a comprehensive mapping of the main ethical, social and political challenges related to the growing uses of DNA databases and Big Data at a global scale.




Machado, H., & Granja, R. (2020). DNA Databases and Big Data. In Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime (pp. 57–70). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-2429-5_5

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