Paranoid China DNA database targets ‘troublesome' citizens
According to Human Rights Watch, China’s Ministry of Public Security has compiled a database with the DNA information of more than 40 million citizens.
BEIJING — China is compiling a massive DNA database of people the Communist government thinks are troublemakers — even those who’ve never committed a crime.
China’s Ministry of Public Security has compiled a database with the DNA information of more than 40 million citizens, according to Human Rights Watch.
The human rights watchdog said police are creating biometric profiles for people the government considers a threat, including political activists, migrant workers, students and Uighur Muslims.
In some cases, authorities have demanded DNA samples before processing documents such as residency permits, ID cards, and even passports.
Last year, police in Xinjiang province required all passport applicants to submit their DNA. This came shortly after Xinjiang police budgeted the equivalent of nearly $12 million for biometric testing kits.
Xinjiang province in the far west of China is home to 10 million Uighur Muslims and has a long history of state repression.
Human Rights Watch said police in China have wide-ranging powers that make it difficult to refuse giving a DNA sample. The country also has no privacy rights and lacks an independent judiciary.
The human rights watchdog said China’s DNA database violates ordinary citizens’ right to privacy. Similar DNA systems have been outlawed elsewhere, such as in the European Union.
Oh well, you know what they say folks: If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear!
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