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Added 10 July, 2018

The end of privacy: UK is compiling a database of it citizens’ DNA

Four years ago, the United Kingdom’s Home Office (the department responsible for immigration, security, and law enforcement) proposed developing a national strategy concerning biometrics, the biological measurements that can identify specific people, such as DNA or fingerprints. Now, the department created a report, titled, “Biometrics Strategy: Better Public Services Maintaining Public Trust,” that pushes the database closer to reality. In the report, the Home Office proposes creating a centralized database that would contain the biometric data of UK citizens. The database would be populated by biometrics already collected by various government agencies. For example, the centralized database could include the face data collected by passport agencies, the fingerprint data collected by law enforcement agencies, and the voice data collected by HM Revenues and Customs.

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