Italy sets up DNA database, says it's key for national security

The Italian government on Friday approved the creation of a central DNA database, hailing the decision as a key "step forward" for national security.

The DNA database will help identify missing persons, and will be ready to supply information also to European Union partners, the government said in a statement.

Data stored "will be very important for fighting terrorism, organized crime as well as irregular migration," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said after a cabinet meeting.

"At a time like this, when security is at the centre of attention, I think it is right to say that this is a fundamental step to increase security levels in the country," Justice Minister Andrea Orlando added.

Last update: Fri, 25/03/2016 - 16:41

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