European Data Protection Digest

UK Home Office Seeks Feedback on Data Retention

DATA RETENTION—UK

March 28, 2013

UK Home Office Secretary of State Theresa May has initiated a public consultation on the necessary retention of biometric data for the purpose of national security, reports Biometric Update. While fingerprints and other DNA evidence are vital to police investigations, protecting innocent individuals who have their DNA taken and held by police is also of concern. The Protection of Freedoms Act of 2012 strives to provide a “new framework” for law enforcement, as well as provide “the necessary balance between public protection and individual freedoms,” May stated.
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