The House of Commons Library's topical briefings for MPs are made available on the internet, and one of their recently published "standard notes" is of interest - SN/HA/4049 Retention of fingerprints and DNA data.
This note is a nice, relatively concise, neutral summary of the up to date position in the UK on biometrics data retention, including the various consultations and the proposed changes now in clauses 2 to 20 of the Crime and Security Bill (which had its first reading in the House of Commons on 19 November 2009), with some statistics, a table in the Appendix (taken from the Home Office summary of responses) showing the consultation proposals vs the revised proposals on DNA retention, DNA profile retention and fingerprint retention, and even a "general guidance for individuals" section linking to the Reclaim your DNA website and other sites.
For more posts from this blog regarding DNA retention, see http://blog.tech-and-law.com/search/label/dna
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