May 3rd, 2009

Hurrah for Europe

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I see the government are now set to abide by the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that it was illegal for the government to hold the DNA profiles of people who were either found innocent of a charge at court or who were never taken to court.

In December 2008, I blogged about this decision. It’s one of my pet subjects; I have believed since its inception that it is a handy crime-detection tool, but not at the expense of our freedom to keep this information out of the hands of government bodies on the purely speculative (& slim) chance that I will, at some unspecified time in the future, commit a crime for which I can be detected through a DNA profile search.

The upshot is that the government are set to destroy the profile records of 800,000 innocent people.

Home Secretary, Jacqui Spliff, said “It is crucial that we do everything we can to keep the public safe from crime and bring offenders to justice. The DNA database plays a vital role in helping us do that. However, there has to be a balance between the need to protect the public and respecting their rights. Based on risks versus benefits, our view is that we can now destroy all samples.”

Let’s hope she remembers the ‘vital balance between the need to protect us & respecting our rights’ when it comes to other things, say, logging every phone call, email & website visit we all make.

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