April 20th, 2010

Up the Scots

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

I’ve previously reported on my disagreements with the way the DNA database operates, particularly in England & it appeared again last week in a news report.

A lobby group applied for figures under the Freedom of Information Act on how many samples had been taken from innocent people between December 2008 January 2010. Only Cumbria Police in England & Strathclyde Police in Scotland were able to supply figures.

4,668 samples were taken by Cumbria, of these, 1,319 – 28% – had no further action taken. Only 12 were deleted from the database despite the European Court’s judgement that retaining DNA samples of innocent people was illegal.

The law in Scotland is different. (although the Labour Party appear to be trying to change the law in Scotland to mimic that of England & Wales) During the same period Strathclyde took 19,197 samples, 6,865 – 31% from people not convicted of any offence – all those profiles were deleted.

It seems strange that Scotland feels it can operate within the requirements of human rights legislation, whilst England can’t.

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3 comments

  1. the_leander says:

    I would say that is down wholly due to Labour. When in doubt, turn authoritarian.

    Same with the Biometric database and ID card scheme, same with the Digital Economy act, same with pretty much all of the terrorism legislation, CCTV and of course all the body scanners in airports (see Israel if you want to actually know how to protect people effectively without treating everyone like a criminal in an airport).

    Seems to me that the Tories take away the industries, Labour takes away freedoms. Not much of a choice.

    Guess that leaves the Lib Dems. I wonder if they’ll at least be good enough to bring lube should they get into power…

    April 21st, 2010 at 08:16

  2. Fee says:

    Seems a bit bizarre that depending on which side of the border you get nicked on, your DNA might be kept, or not.

    April 21st, 2010 at 13:41

  3. R/T says:

    I don’t think that I’ve ever taken an “innocent” person into custody.

    April 21st, 2010 at 14:55

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