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DNA Identification Act

Version of section 4 from 2018-03-06 to 2023-09-13:

Marginal note:Principles

 It is recognized and declared that

  • (a) the protection of society and the administration of justice are well served by the early detection, arrest and conviction of offenders, which can be facilitated by the use of DNA profiles;

  • (a.1) society is well served by locating missing persons and identifying human remains, which can be facilitated by the use of DNA profiles;

  • (b) the DNA profiles, as well as samples of bodily substances from which the profiles are derived, may be used only in accordance with this Act, and not for any unauthorized purpose; and

  • (c) to protect the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information about themselves, safeguards must be placed on

    • (i) the use and communication of, and access to, DNA profiles and other information contained in the national DNA data bank, and

    • (ii) the use of, and access to, bodily substances that are transmitted to the Commissioner for the purposes of this Act.

  • 1998, c. 37, s. 4
  • 2000, c. 10, s. 5
  • 2014, c. 39, s. 234
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