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posted by mrpg on Thursday December 14 2017, @02:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the as-long-as-they-dont-touch-livers dept.

Human Rights Watch has issued a report about DNA collection in Xinjiang province in China:

Chinese police have started gathering blood types, DNA samples, fingerprints and iris scans from millions of people in its Muslim-majority Xinjiang province to build a massive citizen database, according to report by activist group Human Rights Watch.

The report, published Wednesday, said officials are collecting the data from citizens between the ages of 12 and 65 years old using a variety of methods. Authorities are gathering DNA and blood types through free medical checkups, and HRW said it was unclear if patients were aware that their biometric data was being collected for the police during these physical exams.

According to the report, citizens authorities have flagged as a potential threat to the regime, and their families—named "focus personnel"—are forced to hand over their DNA regardless of age.

So far, 18.8 million citizens have participated in the medical checkups, called "Physicals for All" by the government, according to an article by a state news agency Xinhua on November 1.

Previously: Massive DNA Collection Campaign in Xinjiang, China


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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 14 2017, @02:35PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 14 2017, @02:35PM (#609688) Homepage Journal

    Do we plan ahead less far?

    The examples you offer were in my grandfather's and great grandfather's time. Today, I am a grandfather. Government and corporations alike can't see four years into the future. It's always this quarter, or this fiscal year. Individuals who can see any further out than that, have to wait for the political climate to shift in their favor for funding. And, then, if the political climate changes, they may lose the funding already promised.

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