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Is the DNA of anyone who completes a Covid-19 test stored on any database?

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

When a COVID-19 test is carried out on any human in the United Kingdom I want to know has any government department requested DNA testing to also be done ?

Is the DNA of anyone who completes a Covid-19 test stored on any database?

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Richings

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Richings,

Thank you for your email.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for general information rather than requesting specific recorded information or documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. It will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Richings,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 5 December about testing for COVID-19
I have been asked to reply.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

The Act does not cover unrecorded information that officials may remember,
opinions that officials might have, official advice (apart from past
advice the Department of Health has given, where a record of this has been
kept) or requests for an official policy statement (again, apart from past
policy statements, where a record has been kept).  There is no obligation
under the FOI Act for public authorities to create new information.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website has some helpful
advice on how to make FOI requests, should you wish to do so again. This
can be found at
[1]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off....

I am unable to provide specific answers to your questions, as this
information is not available. There is currently no law asking for the
collection and storing of DNA from COVID-19 tests.

I am sorry I cannot be more directly helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
Aymee Smith
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
 

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