The UK Parliament has passed into law – The coronavirus (Retention of fingerprints and DNA profiles) and to be effective from the 1st of October 2020
True, the outbreaks of COVID-19 has swept the world into spiral chaos. The United Kingdom government found a way of helping its citizens by storing private data, disguising the legislation as it was proposed in 2020.
United Kingdom health secretary, Matt Hancock described as “extraordinary measures”. Under the new prime minister, the UK parliament has never been in agreement until this bill was proposed in the house. Surprisingly, the bill got bipartisan support.
A document of 342 pages in length, it grants the United Kingdom government more power never before seen in peacetime.
Several human rights groups, among them Liberty, Human Right Watch, Amnesty, have shown serious concern about the power contained in the act, and how it could result in the marginalisation of other groups.
Here are a few of the problems never addressed or neglected in the bill that could affect millions passed by the UK parliament.
- Mental Health Patients excluded
- Police Power Increased
- Social care key duties abandoned
- Possibility of election postponement.
- Increase in surveillance and national security on citizens
- Port and Border Closure