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Is it ethical to create a crime prevention database?
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  1. Human rights groups throughout the U.S. and U.K. have criticized their governments for creating crime prevention databases. They claim that by profiling children who may potentially become criminals it creates stigmas and will unfairly punish a child for a future crime he or she most likely will never commit. Other human rights groups believe that crime prevention databases will create racial profiling and claim that collecting DNA by force is a violation of citizens' rights to privacy and has the potential for institutionalized discrimination.

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