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Russia Legalizes Massive DNA Collection Without Oversight

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image DNA sample is pipetted into a Petri dish, January 20, 2020.  © 2020 Klaus Ohlenschläger/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law extending compulsory DNA data collection to millions of people yesterday. Anyone suspected of any crime will have their DNA collected, and those convicted or sentenced to administrative detention for a misdemeanor will have their DNA profile stored in a state database for life. This new legislation boosts Russia’s massive surveillance system and delivers another blow to the right to privacy. The government…

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