Review of controversial DNA law

Manama—Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah has called for a re-examination of a controversial law that allows the state to collect DNA information from over 3 million people as a security measure.
The Emir ordered a review in accordance with the country’s constitution, saying that it should also ensure that people’s privacy is safeguarded and that public interests and social security are served while the objectives of the law are met, in instructions to Prime Minister Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, Kuwait News Agency cited the deputy minister of the Emiri Court affairs as saying.
The bill would have been the world’s first mandatory DNA sampling law.
The Kuwaiti parliament passed the DNA law in July 2015 as a way to help build a database of convicted terrorists and criminals.—Agencies

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