Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/5/11

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Technology makes things possible today that were not possible even a decade ago. The Maine Legislature is considering a bill that deals with one of those technologies – coding and storage of a person’s DNA – before a person is convicted of a crime. Proponents claim that it will help law enforcement. Those with reservations look at the legal maxim of “innocent until proven
guilty” and at the less than reassuring record of data systems to keep stored information secure. Where is the balance? See what you think?