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Big Data and Democracy$
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Kevin Macnish and Jai Galliott

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474463522

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474463522.001.0001

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Policing with Big Data: DNA Matching vs Crime Prediction

Policing with Big Data: DNA Matching vs Crime Prediction

(p.57) Four Policing with Big Data: DNA Matching vs Crime Prediction
Big Data and Democracy

Tom Sorell

Edinburgh University Press

Sorell focuses on two state (police) uses of big data that have elicited concern: the creation of DNA databases and the use of past data to predict future crimes and criminals. In response to the former, Sorell argues that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with large-scale, indiscriminate databases of DNA profiles. These do not constitute an invasion of privacy, and nor do they necessarily render an entire population suspect, although he accepts that in the current climate they may be interpreted that way. As regards predictive policing, Sorell’s argument is that these uses are more concerning, basing future decisions on past information that may no longer be pertinent and could well be discriminatory.

Keywords:   Crime, Discrimination, Police, Prediction, Privacy, Profiling

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