Government collection and maintenance of DNA samples presents significant privacy concerns. It is well past time for lawmakers to finally make clear that local governments are prohibited from establishing or maintaining municipal DNA identification indices.
Legislative advocacy is a critical part of the NYCLU's interdisciplinary approach to protecting civil liberties, which also includes litigation, community organizing, and communications.
As part of its work to affect legislation the NYCLU distributes dozens of legislative memoranda each year. Legislative memoranda are position papers that the NYCLU distributes to the governor's office and to state legislators and their staffs laying out our views on bills under deliberation or on issues that we feel the Legislature needs to address.