Monday, Dec 15, 2008
Innocent British citizens may be drawn into foreign criminal investigations after the Government agreed to EU-wide access to its ‘Big Brother’ databases, the Conservatives have warned.
All 26 other member countries will be able to check against sensitive personal information held on driver registration, DNA and fingerprint computer systems.
Where there is a match, a suspect-could be extradited to face trial abroad or – at the least – be forced to explain their movements or provide an alibi to prove their innocence.
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An example of the DNA kits used to take swabs from 4.6m members of the public, 800,000 of whom are innocent of any crime.
Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve warned: “There is a real risk that a disproportionate number of innocent British citizens will be sucked into foreign criminal investigations.”
This article was posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 at 5:16 am