UK Daily Mail
Sunday, Aug 17, 2008
Nearly 600,000 people never convicted of any crime now have their details stored on Labour’s DNA database, shock figures reveal.
More than 400,000 of those were added in the past two years, further fuelling the belief that the Government is building a genetic record of the entire population by stealth.
The figure of 573,639 people on the database who have not been convicted, cautioned, formally warned or reprimanded has pushed the overall total to 4.2million.
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In the past two years alone, a total of about one million new people have had their DNA added. Nearly half of them – 434,176 – have not been convicted of any crime.
Police can take DNA fingerprints from anybody arrested on suspicion of a recordable offence.
But DNA taken from victims and witnesses to separate it from suspects’ samples at crime scenes can also be added to the database.
The information can be stored indefinitely and potentially matched with samples at crime scenes, even if the suspect is innocent.
Civil rights campaigners and MPs have been calling on the Government to change the law to force the police to destroy the DNA records of anyone without a criminal record.
Last month, a Government-funded inquiry called for new laws to limit who can access the database, including restricting police use to ‘seeking matches from a crime scene’.
This article was posted: Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 5:06 am