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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Targeting the innocent

And just to prove that we are leaving 2009 on a low, the BBC report that the controversy over Police holding the DNA of innocent people looks set to rumble on into the new year. In fact, even civil liberty breaches appear to be subject to a postcode lottery these days.

They say that some forces delete the profiles of most of those innocent applicants who ask, but others refuse to remove any at all. The average removal rate is only 22%, with six forces not removing any.

The forces that did not remove the DNA profiles of any applicants were Nottingham, Dyfed Powys, Cambridgeshire, City of London, Humberside and Gloucestershire. Those most likely to remove the information were South Yorkshire and Wiltshire, with 80% or more of requests granted.

Last year the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the DNA records of people who had not been charged or convicted cannot be held indefinitely however the Government's response was wholly inadequate and fell far short of the Scottish system where most profiles are deleted if there has been no charge or conviction.

It has now become evident that the Government cannot even get agreement amongst the various police forces to take a consistent approach to their flawed guidelines.


More then likely in Dyfed they do not know how to do it. If it's not a shredder then boy you have had it...
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