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Kuwait's e-passport system, DNA law to launch in November

Law is aimed at maintaining security and stability in the country, say officials

Kuwait's e-passport system, DNA law to launch in November
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Kuwait will put into practice its new e-passport system and DNA law starting November 2016 following the arrival of the second batch of 65,000 e-readers and the first batch of 50,000 DNA testing equipment, revealed the Assistant Undersecretary for Passport and Residency Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah.

Al-Jarrah said e-readers have been set up at border checkpoints and a security team assigned at airports to test the new readers using e-passports, reported Kuwait Times.

He added the DNA law is aimed at maintaining security and stability and insisted it would not be used to reveal private personal information.

Any information acquired through the law will be “top secret,” the official said. Those who reveal them will be punished, he said.

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