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Testing firm can profit from sale of Covid swabs

 

 

Testing firm can profit from sale of Covid swabs

“Company saves customer DNA for future use”

November 14, 2021 | Shanti Das and George Greenwood  | The Times.co.uk |

A large Covid-19 testing provider is being investigated by the UK’s data privacy watchdog over its plans to sell swabs containing customers’ DNA for medical research.

Cignpost Diagnostics, a government-approved supplier trading as ExpressTest, said it intended to analyse the samples to “learn more about human health”, to develop drugs and products or to sell information to third parties, company documents show.

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China’s push to control Americans’ health care future

60 Minutes  | January 31, 2021  | Jon Wertheim

“Foreign powers can collect, store and exploit biometric information from covid tests.”

U.S. officials say the Chinese government is trying to collect Americans’ DNA and they believe

a recent offer from a Chinese company for assistance in COVID-19 testing was suspicious._Link To Article


China collecting DNA, biometrics from millions in Xinjiang: report

“According to a document posted on a Xinjiang government website, the main goal of the new scheme “is to fully and accurately verify the real number of Xinjiang’s population, to collect the images, fingerprints, iris scans, blood types, and DNA biometrics of those between the age of 12 and 65.”

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