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American Journal of Bioethics.

Genetic Fingerprints and National Security

Biometric surveillance is rapidly becoming an integral component of national security policy and practice. Biometric surveillance can include fingerprinting, facial and voice recognition, and iris scans. In 2002, in response to the September 11th attacks, the United States passed the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, which requires visa applicants to submit ten fingerprints to a national security database. Japan has been collecting fingerprints from its visitors since 2007 and many European nations are following suit, including the United Kingdom. Singapore began fingerprinting visitors in 2016, while the United Arab Emirates has gone a step further and now collects iris scans. Across the globe, national biometric databases are expanding, such as India’s Aadhaar program, which has gathered fingerprints and iris scans on more than one billion Indian citizens.

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Volume 17, Issue 5
May 2017

Target Articles.

Ethical Issues in Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Practice Yonghui Ma, Jiayu Liu, Catherine Rhodes, Yongzhan Nie & Faming Zhang


Genetic Fingerprints and National Security Beau P. Sperry, Megan Allyse & Richard R. Sharp