Kuwait Cancels Plans for Mandatory DNA Database

Kuwait Cancels Plans for Mandatory DNA Database

Last week, Kuwait’s Constitutional Court ruled against a law that requires citizens and visitors to submit DNA samples for the purposes of identifying potential terrorists.

The DNA testing law which was passed in 2015, was fought by lawyers from Adel AbdulHadi & Partners. Adel AbdulHadi expressed that they are very pleased with their victory in a landmark case which had been critical to the maintenance of principles of privacy and human civil rights.   

The European Society of Human Genetics added that Kuwait would have been the first in the world to conduct this kind of compulsory DNA information collection had the law been brought into force, and they hope other countries considering similar moves would take note of the decision.

Source: New Scientist

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