California law currently allows law enforcement personnel to expand its efforts to collect DNA from any person arrested on a felony charge. The law has created quite a bit of controversy, pitting the state’s law enforcement agencies against privacy advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union. At the beginning of December, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether challenges to that law may move forward in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar Maryland law.
The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled that law enforcement may collect the DNA of arrested suspects, according to an article in USA Today.
The case will have significant implications for both the criminal justice system as well as the privacy rights of citizens.