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DNA profiles of innocent people should be removed from the national database, a government-funded inquiry has said.
Control of the database should be taken from government and police and an independent body should be established to run it, the Citizens’ Inquiry urged.
Javed Aslam, one of the 30 members of the public on the panel, said keeping the records would be “the first step towards a totalitarian state”.
But the Home Office said the database helps to secure convictions.
The UK has the largest police DNA database in the world – with more than four million people on file.
Among the study’s conclusions was that guilty people who have served their time should eventually have their DNA records erased because retaining the profile “continues to criminalise them”.
This is despite the fact that DNA records have been used to solve a number of “cold case” inquires in recent years.
The inquiry was conducted by 30 members of the public in two linked panels in Birmingham and Glasgow. It was funded by £50,000 of taxpayers’ money.
Prof Albert Weale, chairman of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, responded to the report findings, saying: “We agree that the DNA of innocent people should not be kept by police.
“There is little evidence that removing people who have not been convicted from the DNA database will lead to serious crimes going undetected.”
She added that, in a 12-month period between 2006 and 2007, DNA evidence had been used in police investigations into 644 rapes, 222 other sexual offences, 1,900 violent crimes and more than 8,500 domestic burglaries.
And how many of them evolved into a solid conviction, one that didn’t result in the criminal being released early? What about the massive risk of data loss/ abuse? We all know the State is inherently useless when it comes to guaranteeing security of data. Then of course, there is the question of just how reliable DNA matching is… And what of the issue of biometric data sharing deals done by the EU with foreign nations?
But as usual, the State pushing for totalitarianism has no interest in the logic, honest appraisal and potential for abuse of such a civil liberty flouting system. They believe they own you and that you should just shut up and be prepared to show your papers at the next checkpoint.