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?