Podcast: Abandoned DNA and the Fourth Amendment with Dr. Thomas Holland

This episode features Isha Agarwal, STLR Staffer, talking with Dr. Thomas Holland about DNA and the Fourth Amendment

As DNA analysis becomes more ubiquitous in our lives and in the criminal justice system, it is important to examine the current legal landscape of abandoned evidence in the context of genetic data. Abandoned evidence has a long and rich judicial history, from Russian spies to prison barbers. But abandoned DNA may not fit so neatly into this mold under the Fourth Amendment, and as DNA analysis begins to come straight to our doorstep, we must also analyze what privacy protections we do and don’t have.

Dr. Holland’s article can be found in our most recent issue. To find that article, and all our content examining the intersection of science, technology, and the law, visit our website, STLR.org.

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