DNA Retention May Violate Privacy: Mass. Appeals Court

Law360, New York (August 29, 2011, 11:44 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts appeals court ruled Thursday that a man can proceed with a suit alleging state officials invaded his privacy by keeping a voluntarily provided DNA sample longer than necessary, reversing a lower court's decision.

In 2002, named plaintiff Keith Amato gave a DNA sample as part of a murder investigation on the condition that the sample would be destroyed if it did not match the evidence at the crime scene. Even after another man was arrested and found guilty, Amato could not obtain conclusive proof...
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