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Committee: Bill May Infringe on Privacy

BIOMETRICS—UK

October 11, 2011

A human rights committee in Parliament says that a bill designed to reform the government's retention of data in its DNA database may infringe on individuals' right to privacy, ZDNet reports. In a summary that reviewed the Protection of Freedoms Bill, the committee said it is concerned with three main components regarding biometric data--the bill's proportionality; a mechanism that would retain suspects' biometric information, and that the bill would create a "catch all" data retention system. The committee also commented on sections in the bill that deal with parental consent concerning the collection of children's biometric data as well as CCTV surveillance code.
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