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Government Wants To Collect DNA from Anyone Arrested By Federal Law Enforcement Agency

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone who is arrested by a federal law enforcement agency.

That would be a departure from the current practice of collecting samples only from convicted felons.      

The government also wants to collect DNA samples from foreigners who are being detained, whether they have been charged or not.

Justice Department Spokesman Erik Albin says the DNA would be collected through a cheek swab.      

Expanding the DNA database, known as CODIS, raises civil liberties concerns about the potential for misuse of such personal information, such as family ties and genetic conditions.

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