FC: NYT: Virginia wants arrestees' DNA; Hong Kong plans digital ID

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 19:54:13 PST

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    Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 23:32:56 -0500
    From: Monty Solomon <montyat_private>
    Subject: Virginia May Collect DNA in Every Arrest for a Felony
    February 17, 2002
    Virginia May Collect DNA in Every Arrest for a Felony
    RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 11 - Virginia is on the verge of making a quantum
    leap in amassing DNA evidence by requiring that everyone arrested on
    suspicion of a violent crime yield genetic samples for possible
    matches in unsolved cases.
    The state already has the nation's largest bank of DNA because it
    takes saliva samples from each state convict. Expanding DNA swabbing
    to all those arrested in major felonies would be the most sweeping
    use of genetic testing by any state. The plan has prompted warnings
    about privacy invasion and the abuse of defendants' rights. But both
    houses of the Legislature adopted versions of the plan this week
    without debate.
    Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 23:27:20 -0500
    From: Monty Solomon <montyat_private>
    Subject: Fine-Tuning For Privacy, Hong Kong Plans Digital ID
    February 18, 2002
    Fine-Tuning For Privacy, Hong Kong Plans Digital ID
    HONG KONG, Feb. 15 - The border crossing between Hong Kong and
    mainland China was choked the other day as more than five million
    people took to the road to visit their relatives for the Chinese New
    It is an annual ordeal, marked by restless jostling and muttered
    curses as the crowd waits, sometimes for hours, while the guards
    examine people's papers. It may also be a thing of the past.
    Starting next year, Hong Kong plans to introduce an identity card
    with a computer chip that will contain a digital replica of the
    cardholder's thumbprint. To cross the China frontier, a person with
    the card will hold it against an optical reader while placing his or
    her thumb on a screen.
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