Details of innocent people still held on DNA database


originally by: The Independent
published: 5 June 2012

The Government is failing to delete innocent people from Britain’s vast DNA database, according to figures released today which shows that nearly 70,000 under-16s have now had their genetic fingerprints recorded.

A report compiled by civil liberties campaigners concludes that the current system for retaining DNA remains “uncertain and illiberal”, despite assurances from the Government that the profiles of people found to be innocent would be deleted.

The research reveals that the number of people held on the UK’s DNA database – the world’s largest – has now hit more than 5.5 million, with 900,000 extra profiles added between January 2009 and November 2011 alone.

Through a series of Freedom of Information requests, researchers at Big Brother Watch asked Britain’s police forces to detail how many DNA profiles they had collected and whether any had been deleted because a person was subsequently not charged.

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