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Police in Britain hold vastly more DNA samples than any other country in the Western world, and many are from people who have never committed a crime.
More than three million samples have been added to the national DNA database - more than 5 per cent of the population. With new figures showing just 1 per cent of Americans have their genetic information on record, and an average of 0.3 per cent in other European Union countries, ministers were last night accused of attempting to build a national DNA database by stealth.
Overall, 24 per cent of people on the database are non-white, even though the black and Asian population of the UK as a whole is less than 8 per cent. Some estimates have even suggested that that more than a one-third of young black men have had samples taken.
It has already emerged that the DNA profiles of about 24,000 children and young people aged 10 to 18 are stored on the database despite them never having been cautioned, charged or convicted of an offence.
Originally posted by ronishia
im actually in 2 minds about this subject.
A pro to it would be that if a serious crime is commited then they have samples in their database to quickly eliminate or find the accused.
a con would be for this to be used wrongly as we all suspect that it would.
Again im sortof on the bench on this one. I dont really see a huge problem with dna evidence being stored but i can see why so many people would be agains it