European Data Protection Digest

DNA Bill Leans Toward Destruction

DATA PROTECTION—IRELAND

September 12, 2013

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has published a bill on the establishment of a national DNA database, Irish Times reports. The bill takes into account privacy concerns about earlier versions of the bill on destruction of samples and deletion of DNA profiles, among others. Shatter’s bill would allow authorities to take DNA samples from most criminal suspects but the default would be in favor of the destruction of such samples when an individual is not convicted.
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