Kenyan government gains access to nationals’ additional information

President Uhuru Kenyatta has approved the adjustments to the Registration of Persons Act. Photo: African Media.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Kenyan government is now free to collect data on Kenyans’ DNA and physical location of their homes including satellite details during registration of persons.

This follows after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s approval of adjustments to the Registration of Persons Act that has included the two to the list of requirements needed at the national people’s registry.

Adults applying for documents such as identity documents will be required to make additional information available about their location, including land reference number, plot number or house number.

The ministry is also seeking to introduce Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates in the registration of persons, enabling the tracking of their location via satellite.

Before the law change, the state required people to provide just their place of residence and postal address.

On personal identification, the State has widened the requirements to include Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) in digital form, voice waves and earlobe pattern.

“Insert biometric data means unique identifiers or attributes including fingerprints, hand geometry, earlobe geometry, retina and iris patterns, voice waves and Deoxyribonucleic Acid in digital form,” reads the amendments to Registration of Persons Act.

The responsibility of collecting DNA samples will rest with the Registrar of Persons.

DNA registries are increasingly being used in the fight against crime with police using them to identify criminals and prove their presence in crime scenes.

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