The Observer has an interview with Sir Alec Jeffreys warning about the current and future privacy abuses of Government and Private sector DNA databases from the inventor of "Genetic Fingerprinting":
"Inventor warns over abuse of DNA data"
This highlights some of the problems associated with the law and ethics of DNA analysis and other techniques such as RNA analysis, protein sequencing, chromosome analysis etc. which can also yield genetic information about a person directly, or by inference about their family group or ethnicity.
The dangers of racial stereotyping and the abuse of private medical data about inherited diseases or conditions is also evident, which is, unfortunately not being protected against sufficiently under the Human Tissue Bill, and is already so evident in the catch all "everybody is a criminal suspect from birth" attitude displayed by so much current and proposed Home Office legislation involving Biometric Identifiers.
We cannot agree with Sir Alec Jeffrey's proposal of a massive DNA database for every person on the planet - we simply do not trust the competence or honesty of the Governments who would be in charge of it.
This is much more than a question of Data Protection laws (which are inadequate in any case), it is a far more fundamental human rights issue.
Surely it is now time to add the right of copyright ownership and the right to privacy regarding one's own genetic material and any genetic fingerprint database information to the list of Fundamental Human Rights, at both the national UK ,European Union and United Nations levels.
Existing declarations of Human Rights pre-date the rapid advances in genetic technology. There are are already huge ethical and privacy questions, and actual abuses of personal genetic information, which are getting sidelined somewhat in the debates about human cloning and over the commercial interests of the bio-genetics industry etc.