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Police ‘should stop taking DNA of innocent immediately’

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Steve Doughty
London Telegraph
Tuesday, Sept 15th, 2009

Ministers should instruct police forces to immediately stop taking the DNA of innocent people, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said.

Ten months ago, human rights judges called for an end to the policy of holding on to samples from nearly a million people arrested but never convicted of any offence, saying it breached their privacy.

But it emerged last month that officers were told to ignore the ruling, carry on adding new samples and to resist requests to have them deleted until the law was changed.

A Home Office consultation on changes to the policy closed more than a month ago but ministers are yet to publish their response.

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