French school to test DNA of male pupils and teachers to find rapist

Something to bear in mind when reading this:
Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – “Right to respect for private and family life”

“A private Catholic school in France is to test the DNA of all male pupils and staff in an attempt to identify the rapist of a 16-year old girl who was assaulted in the school toilets.”

“Those to be tested include 475 pupils, 31 staff and 21 other employees who were in the school in western France at the time of the attack on the 30th September last year.”

My comment in The Guardian:

If we start allowing governments/agencies/police forces to do mass DNA testing, where do we draw the line? What is too much?

Is it valid to say that because you were in the same town as someone who got raped, you’re a suspect and will therefore be subject to a mandatory DNA test; and if you refuse, you’re a suspect. No, it’s not!

I have a right to privacy under the European Convention of Human Rights and I’ll be damned if I’ll let anybody take that away from me.

This kind of testing is, as the president of the French Human Rights League said, “disproportionate” and it is direct contravention with human rights.

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There’s privacy out the window. Great move France, great move.

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Chantal Devaux, headteacher of Fénelon Notre-Dame in La Rochelle, speaks to journalists outside the school. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

Chantal Devaux, headteacher of Fénelon Notre-Dame in La Rochelle, speaks to journalists outside the school. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

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