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DNA Records To Be Deleted

PRIVACY LAW—UK

February 14, 2011

OUT-LAW.COM reports on the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which includes such provisions as requiring the deletion of DNA profiles on individuals questioned by police but not charged with crimes. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham spoke in favor of the bill's role in addressing "issues that have been longstanding concerns for us...increased privacy safeguards on biometric information such as DNA profiles and ensuring effective regulation of camera surveillance, including the increasing use of automatic number plate recognition." The bill, which comes two years after the European Court of Human Rights called for such a change, is expected to "result in a massive reduction in the number of innocent people whose DNA is held by police," the report states.
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