February 11th, 2011

At the end of the tunnel?

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I’ve posted several times over the last few years about the way the UK takes & holds DNA samples from innocent people. I posted my thoughts on the matter in August 2008.  Whilst no fan of the European Courts I was pleased in December 2008 when they ruled the holding of unconvicted people’s DNA samples was wrong.

In May 2009, I was cheered that the government appeared to be acquiescing with the ruling & were set to destroy 800,000 samples. Then in October 2009 I was disappointed that the government decided to ignore Europe & stated they would keep innocents’ samples.

In April 2010 I was pleased that the Scots decided keeping these samples was not right & they would go against what England & Wales were doing.

So another story in the see-saw tale of the DNA Database as the government reveal their intention to change their mind again & delete the DNA samples of innocent people. The new Civil Liberties legislation is set to come into force later this year which will change the way we record & keep DNA samples. It will also address issues relating to the use of ANPR, CCTV & surveillance.

Perhaps, for those of us concerned with such issues, this really is light at the end of the tunnel, unless they change their mind again.

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