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DNA of innocent still to be retained for six years

Chris Brooke
London Telegraph [1]
Tuesday, Nov 10th, 2009

Innocent people, including thousands of teenagers, will still have their DNA profile kept on a national database for up to six years, the Government will announce.

Ministers have ignored growing demands to radically reduce or scrap the proposed period the samples of people arrested but never charged or convicted of crimes are retained.

Instead, in one climbdown, those suspected of the most serious offences will see previous plans to hold their details for up to 12 years halved.

The Home Office is to publish revised proposals over the retention of innocent DNA after its original plans in May faced a fierce backlash from liberty groups and MPs.

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