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DNA plan would require San the size of Belgium

A UK judge has suggested that the DNA of the entire UK population and that of every visitor to our fair isle should be placed on a DNA database.

A UK judge has suggested that the DNA of the entire UK population and that of every visitor to our fair isle should be placed on a DNA database.

Lord Justice Sedley made the comment to raise his concerns about the current situation, where the DNA of anybody who has been charged for a criminal offence, whether found guilty or innocent, is stored. Sedley described this policy as "indefensible".

Although Downtime suspects the judge was speaking hypothetically, we thought it worth exploring the logistics of such a comprehensive database.

The existing DNA database used to archive "specimens" from criminals - which is 12 years old - grows by 30,000 samples a month.

If this were extended to the general populace, experts suggest it would take a storage area network the size of Belgium to accommodate such a system.

It was unclear whether experts chose Belgium because they thought no one would notice if it was replaced with a storage area network.

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