UAE is urged to find a balance
Marten Youssef and Kareem Shaheen
- Last Updated: October 06. 2009 11:57PM UAE / October 6. 2009 7:57PM GMT
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the man who invented DNA fingerprinting. Rui Vieira / PA
As the UAE set off on a course to compile the world’s first National DNA Database, the inventor of the technique that underpins it said yesterday that the country will need to find a balance between crime-fighting and civil rights.
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the British geneticist whose invention has been used by police forces worldwide, said there needed to be “full transparent justification of why a universal database is needed compared with a criminal DNA database”. “I would need very substantial reassurance on the type of information that will be stored in that database, on the security of that database,” said Sir Alec.