September 5, 2007 10:02am CST
I turned the news on this morning and I got a shock. It seems that the powers that be here in the UK, want DNA of everyone who lives here and of everyone who visits here. This is in the "we are considering" stage of things. I think they are nuts. Can you just imagine having DNA records that will be available to EU countries? If this does become fact, I can imagine that it will hurt the tourist industry pretty bad. What are your thoughts on this? Isn't this any invasion of privacy or against our constitutional rights (American)? What will they think of next?
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6 Sep 07
Right now, only people who are arrested have their DNA taken (which i personally think is an invasion in itself especially as you might be innocent of a crime) and thats stored in a massive database. If they start adding ordinary citizens to this database I think there will be a massive outcry against the government. The one thing we all hold dear is the right to privacy and the right to a certain amount of freedom and this will be seen as the government ignoring those rights. I seriously hope they stop considering it because it's going to do more harm than good.
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Sep 07
Hi spiritwolf! Haven't seen you on here in a while. Yes, I agree with you that collecting a database of everyone's DNA in the UK, is an invasion of privacy. And taking DNA from visitors to the UK is sure to hurt the tourism industry. Big brother is certainly watching you. The thing I want to know is - where will it end? I think the powers that be are taking things just too far.
• Marion, Kansas
5 Sep 07
Hopefully what they will think of next will be just those things, that it is an invasion of privacy, that it will kill their tourist industry and that it would be a monstrous big ball of red tape to be batted about by a bureaucracy. Keep us posted on this. It is the first I have heard of it, but even my unsophisticated brain can see that this is not in anybody's best interest.
• United States
5 Sep 07
Well supposidly they already take your finger/footprint when your born. Why not keep a Dna sample on file. Then whenever there's any crime scene evidence its not hard to match it. There are no rights actually being violated. Their not restricting you from doing anything. Their just getting the most conclusive way of identifying you as possible. It would be difficult on the tourist industry until all countries are on the system. Nobody would want to travel if they new they'd be delayed by the process. Because of the cost & public objection to it I doubt it could ever be instigated.