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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 KilroySmith on Thursday December 14 2017, @07:09PM (1 child)

    by KilroySmith (2113) on Thursday December 14 2017, @07:09PM (#609811)

    People pay for the privilege to have their DNA taken and put into a database...

    What, you think 23AndMe and all the others throw away your sample and delete all the information they have after they tell you some bullshit about your ancestry?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @09:02PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @09:02PM (#609869)

    I was under the assumption they pocketed the money and made up the bullshit about your ancestry. Occam's razor and all.