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Canada Dashboard Digest | Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences accused of illegally retaining sensitive data Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, May 17, 2019




A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences, accusing it of illicitly retaining sensitive genetic data, The Canadian Press reports. CFS started gathering voluntary samples in 2000 as part of criminal investigations in order to rule out suspects. The claim alleges while the centre destroyed the samples, the results of the tests remain available. “Class members had the reasonable expectation that should their DNA profile not match the DNA profile from a criminal investigation, (their) DNA results and records would be destroyed, rendering the results permanently inaccessible to any individual,” the claim states.
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