21 December, 2005

DNA Diagnostics

According to a 7DAYS report, the UAE government is soon going to compile a DNA database of all national and expatriate residents in the country.
He added that a person’s DNA data would then be included on their ID cards – the mandatory cards are set to be introduced next year for both UAE nationals and expats and will also include other biometric information such as fingerprints.
So this means that I have to be extra careful not to lose this ID card. In the wrong hands, I can only shudder to think what may happen. Who does the thinking for the government?
Similar attempts to build a DNA database in the United Kingdom and the United States have triggered waves of criticism from civil liberties groups who fear the information would compromise individuals’ privacy and pave the way for a “police state”.
So? What have you learnt?

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