European Data Protection Digest

Labour MSPs Want to Extend DNA Retention Term


April 23, 2010

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is expected to oppose an attempt by Labour MSPs to change Scotland's DNA retention model, reports. Labour wants to amend the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill so that it mirrors regulations in England and Wales, which allow police to keep DNA data from those suspected of violent or sexual crimes for up to six years before it must be deleted. Currently, Scottish police may keep the data for three years. The Scottish Justice Committee is expected to consider the amendment this month, the report states.
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