Everyone Should Have Their DNA on a Database

As I wrote a a couple of days ago, the UK seems determined on making 1984 a reality. A senior UK judge, Lord Justice Sedley, in the name of fairness, called for everyone in the UK including visitors to have their DNA captured in a database. He objects that only those who come in contact with the criminal justice system have their DNA captured.

According to the London Guardian, Sedley said that "disproportionate numbers of people from ethnic minorities were on the database. 'It also means that a great many people who are walking the streets, and whose DNA would show them guilty of crimes, go free,' he said."

If George Orwell were alive today and updating 1984, I wonder how IS&T would influence the story line.


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