POLITECHBOT -- Declan McCullagh writes about "developments straight out of GATTACA's handshake scene (detailed in) a Kansas City Star report (that) indicates that the suspected "BTK" killer was tentatively linked to crime scene evidence by acquiring genetic material from the suspect's daughter's medical records - the tissue samples being taken without her knowledge.
A likely source of the tissue--a routine pap smear. A request for "medical records" is entirely within the framework of the federal medical privacy laws (HIPAA).
Ethan Ackerman says "the article also doesn't raise the fact that what was apparently requested was NOT "health information" but actual tissue from the suspect's daughter's file samples.
Many American women do not know labs keep pap smear samples. Most women would not think it reasonable that their pap smears would one day be turned over to police to tentatively connect their sons or daughters to crimes.
Declan McCullagh -- "Investigators covertly acquired actual tissue of suspect's relative from medical lab"
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