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BRITAIN has built the world's biggest DNA database without proper political debate and police routinely arrest people just to get their DNA profiles onto the system, the genetics watchdog said in a report today.
The Human Genetics Commission, which advises the Government on the social, legal and ethical aspects of genetics, called for a review of the database and said new laws must be passed to govern its use.
The report quoted an unidentified retired senior police officer as saying that "it is now the norm to arrest offenders for everything" in order to obtain a DNA sample.
Originally posted by JohnPhoenix
reply to post by tezzajw
But you know here in the USA, they take your fingerprints.. if found innocent.. they still keep them for future reference..
There needs to be a clear and independent appeals procedure for unconvicted people who want their DNA removed.
All police officers should have their own DNA collected as a condition of employment
Originally posted by Subjective Truth
This is truly scary and I am sure in the UK it will spread. This is what happens when the people let the goverment have to much control. I think the british are good honest people and it is a shame they have let themselves go this far. They used to make fun of the french about how liberal they were. And now it seems they are the very thing they were making fun of.
For us here in the USA take a good hard look at this and understand if they could do this here they would. I wish I could understand why a good strong people like the british would just let this happen. When did the whole of europe become france?
For every Briton wanting to comment on events in the U.S., look at what is going on in your own country. You are losing your individual rights at a dizzying pace.
The U.S. constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure should protect citizens here, but no doubt the "unreasonable search and seizure" concept will end up being decided on by the courts and they could well decide that "public need" outweighs the "inconvenience" of being arrested.
Signed into law April 24, 2008, the oh-so innocent sounding Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007 establishes a national database of newborn DNA.