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BBC News: Ministers accused of DNA database U-turn

By Sunny August 16th, 2011 News Comments Off

The Home Office has denied breaking a pledge to delete the DNA profiles of more than a million innocent people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The samples will be deleted from the national DNA database, but the details could be kept by local forensic science labs, it has emerged. The Home Office says the material will be anonymised to protect people’s privacy.

But civil liberties campaigners accused the coalition of a U-turn.

In a letter a committee of MPs, reported by The Daily Telegraph, Home Office minister James Brokenshire, confirmed that DNA profiles of those arrested but never charged or found guilty of a crime could still be retained by forensic scientists.

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