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".
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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.