DNA collection firm focus of data protection inquiry
A State-backed company that plans to collect the DNA of hundreds of thousands of Irish people is being probed by the Data Protection Commissioner, following complaints about the way it gathers information. ‘Statutory enforcement’GMI, which counts the State’s Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) among its financial backers, has embarked on genetic research projects with several large hospitals. If the DPC decides to investigate and sanction GMI, fines or other penalties could follow, including the deletion of data gathered by the company. In a statement, GMI said that it was engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the DPC regarding supervisory and compliance matters. However, it and its parent company have attracted criticism both here and abroad over data protection concerns, and its links to investors alleged to be connected to the Chinese government.