Case 4: Big data

EmilyImeleta, a government-funded health researcher, wants access to the DNA profiles of people on the National DNA Profile Databank.
Imeleta wants to analyse the DNA profiles of convicted people to work out if they have defects on certain chromosomes. If so, the government could target children with the same chromosomal defects early in life to improve their health and try to stop them committing crime. She does not need to know who the individual people are, or their names; the information will remain anonymous.

Should organisations other than Police be able to use information from the National DNA Databank?


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