The president of the Native Women's Association of Canada, Carol McBride. (File photo)
A spokesperson for the RCMP, Robin Percival, indicated Friday that the National DNA Data Bank made it possible to x27;obtain 80,875 investigative leads by identifying offenders and 9,007 associations between crime scenes from different police organizations.
Of the 80,875 leads, 5,265 were related to murder investigations.
For her part, a former Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Ann Cavoukian, opposes the RCMP being responsible for the National DNA Data Bank.
It has happened in the past that the RCMP exceeded the limits of its powers, so the use of this tool should be monitored, she said.
I am against this information being accessible to all police organizations and their members, whether a case is warrant-related or not, because this implies that they could access it at any time.
She believes that police officers should need a warrant given by a judge to be able to access the genetic profiles of Canadians. DNA is a very sensitive source of information because it can perfectly identify someone. It must be carefully protected, argues Ann Cavoukian.
People have the ability to preserve their personal information and privacy, they should not x27;forget.