European Data Protection Digest

Committee: Six Years is Too Long

GENETIC PRIVACY—UK

March 12, 2010

The Commons home affairs select committee this week rejected government proposals to keep the DNA profiles of innocent people for up to six years, reports The Guardian. After a short inquiry into the matter, MPs said they were unconvinced that retaining genetic information for that period of time would lead to more crimes being detected, the report states. The committee would support a three-year retention period. "We do not think we should go back to the situation where DNA is only taken on charge, not arrest," said committee chairman Keith Vaz, "but it is vital that it is made easier for those wrongly arrested...to get their records removed from the database."
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