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Shura reviews draft law on DNA database

Shura reviews draft law on DNA database

QNA
Doha
The Shura Council on Monday discussed a draft law on DNA database and decided to refer it to the Internal and External Affairs Committee to study it and submit a report thereon to the council.
The draft law provides for the establishment of a DNA database at the Ministry of Interior and for it to be attached to the competent authority at the ministry.
The database is to be used to store genetic information obtained from DNA samples as per the law. The genetic information shall be stored for 30 years and shall be removed after the expiry of this period.
The data stored in the DNA database shall be confidential and cannot be viewed without the permission of the Minister of Interior, the Public Prosecutor or a competent court. The use of biological samples taken for purposes other than those provided for in the draft law, which specifies the penalties to be applied to those who violate it, is prohibited.
Shura Council’s weekly meeting on Monday was chaired by its Speaker HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al Mahmoud. page 2