Government plans to keep DNA of innocent

The British government is reportedly...

The British government is reportedly planning to get around a European court ruling against its DNA database by retaining original samples taken.

The European court ruling condemned the retention of DNA profiles of more than 800,000 innocent people in the national database.

However, the Guardian has reported that the government still plans to keep the original samples taken from the innocent.

The paper said Home Office sources said the government had no plans to destroy these samples of DNA, meaning the police and other government agencies would still have routine access to them.

A Home Office spokesperson told the Guardian: "As made clear we will comply fully with the [European court] judgment, which is why we have brought forward at the earliest opportunity an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill to allow us to introduce regulations on the retention of DNA and fingerprints. The contents of the regulations will be subject to a full public consultation in the Forensics white paper."

The paper also reports today that as many as 1.1m DNA samples from children are contained in the national database, with as many as half of them having no criminal convictions.

Read more on Database software

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCIO

SearchSecurity

SearchNetworking

SearchDataCenter

  • How do I size a UPS unit?

    Your data center UPS sizing needs are dependent on a variety of factors. Develop configurations and determine the estimated UPS ...

  • How to enhance FTP server security

    If you still use FTP servers in your organization, use IP address whitelists, login restrictions and data encryption -- and just ...

  • 3 ways to approach cloud bursting

    With different cloud bursting techniques and tools from Amazon, Zerto, VMware and Oracle, admins can bolster cloud connections ...

SearchDataManagement

Close