European Data Protection Digest

Senior Officers Say Delete Innocents' DNA

GENETIC PRIVACY—UK

July 2, 2010

Senior officers will launch an effort to remove innocents' data from the DNA database by writing letters to police chiefs to highlight current DNA retention legislation. The Telegraph reports that though the law states chief constables have discretion to remove innocent people from the database, some police forces are refusing to delete the information. In May, the coalition government announced its commitment to remove such information from the DNA database, and recently the European Court of Human Rights said the practice of storing such data violates human rights. At a conference in Manchester this week, West Midlands Chief Constable Chris Sims said he will persuade senior officials to remove the data. "It is not a radical change of policy," he said, "it is making sure it is being implemented in a reasonable consistent way."
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