European Data Protection Digest

Commission Calls for Timely Destruction of DNA Profiles

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

April 30, 2010

The Irish Human Rights Commission says DNA profiles should be destroyed as soon as reasonably possible in cases where a person is not being charged with a crime or is acquitted, The Irish Times reports. The commission yesterday made a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights. The proposed DNA database bill would allow for the collection of volunteer samples in criminal investigations, with a default destruction period of 10 years for adults and five years for children and "protected persons" deemed vulnerable. But the commission has concerns that a volunteer could be asked to allow the sample to be retained even without suspicion or conviction of a criminal offence, among others.
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