Retention of DNA - infringement of human rights

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  1. An eminant professor (Sir Alec Jeffries?) who pioneered the use of DNA evidence has criticised the policy of collecting innocent people's DNA.

    Despite the British governement's policy being declared illegal and in breach of European Human Rights the government continues to collect and retain the DNA profile of people suspected and then cleared of involvement in any crime, even those "crimes" which are unlikely to use DNA evidence as evidence. This routinely happens even where there is no requirement to use DNA to confirm the person's identity - it is just a means of populating a universal DNA register which has never been endorsed by Parliament.

    The government's initial response to the European ruling is that they will stop retaining a DNA profile and instead store the DNA sample - they think this sidesteps the ruling.

    If the public will approve this process of setting up a DNA database let them put is forward as a policy instead of doing by the back-door?
  2. I don't think we have much choice in it, since when have we been given a say on anything?

    Almost certain that Mark Thomas (comedian/journo/etc) managed to get his removed though.
  3. The ECHR may very well have declared it illegal, but quite a few European governments want a continental register and they want unlimited access to ours, despite not having the quality of technology we possess and in some cases, no technology whatsoever.

    However, as long as the 'if you haven't done anything, you've nothing to fear' brigade keep up their mantra, this Government will continue to see that as the agreement of the people.

    Haven't we had this conversation before? About 12 months ago?
  4. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    Don't our colleagues across the pond also have access to ours, with no reciprocity?
  5. I think it will keep coming up time and time again, as we really don't have a say in anything to do with the way our lives are run.