DNA Testing for all Visitors to Kuwait

Kuwait is now the first country in the world making DNA testing mandatory for all visitors – any who do not comply face a $33,000 fine.  ScienceAlert reports, noting that  – “While countries such as the US, Australia, the UK, and Sweden all keep similar databases, those governments only collect DNA from convicted criminals. This will be the first time anywhere in the world that a law has made a DNA database mandatory for everyone visiting or living in a country.” By comparison, “In the European Union, such a database was declared illegal by the European Court of Human Rights in 2008, which said that keeping a non-criminal’s DNA sample “could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society”.”

Published by BGarrett

Professor of Law, Duke University

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