Monday, 17 August 2009

More criticism of the UK DNA database

In their responses to the Government’s consultation, ‘Keeping the Right People on the DNA Database’, which closed 7 August 2009, from:

  • The Equality & Human Rights Commission:
    • "The Commission believes this proposal does not meet the European Court of Human Rights requirement for the UK Government to have clear, justifiable reasons for holding on to DNA data from people who had not been convicted of a crime. The Commission’s response is based on advice from Michael Beloff QC…
      The Commission also wants an independent adjudicator to be put in place to oversee the system. This would give innocent people a way of challenging the need to keep their DNA profile on file…"
  • The Foundation for Information Policy Research:
    • "…FIPR therefore strongly urges that the Home Office should use this consultation only as a preliminary exercise. A revised retention policy should be drawn up based on responses received and higher quality, peer-reviewed evidence. The public and Parliament should then be consulted on a Green Paper describing primary legislation that would properly control the National DNA Database and associated procedures for the retention, use and governance of profiles. This would ensure that the UK meets the "special responsibility for striking the right balance" found by the European Court where there is such a strong potential for damage to citizens' human rights."

See previously criticisms by Sir Jack Beatson, judge and President of the British Academy of Forensic Science, on police retention of DNA on the DNA database.

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