Denmark’s circumcision registry to be deleted

A registry detailing male circumcisions has been deleted after the health minister stepped in to put a stop to the illegal record keeping.

The State Serum Institute (SSI) kept a database of circumcisions for 19 months despite never receiving authority to do so from the Danish Data Protection Agency (Datatilsynet).

On Sunday, Health Minister Sophie Løhde announced that she had ordered an end to the practice and on Wednesday an SSI spokesman told Berlingske that the illegally-obtained database would be deleted “within the next couple days”.

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