Links for 24th November 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Police routinely arresting people to get DNA, inquiry claims

    "The highly critical report from the government's advisory body on the development of human genetics is published as the number of innocent people on the database is disclosed to be far higher than previously thought ‒ nearing 1 million.

    The commission says the policy of routinely adding the DNA profiles of all those arrested has led to a highly disproportionate impact on different ethnic groups and the stigmatisation of young black men, with the danger of their being seen as "an 'alien wedge' of criminality".

    The crime and security bill published last week by the home secretary, Alan Johnson, proposes to keep DNA profiles of people arrested but not convicted of any offence on the database for six years. This follows a landmark European court judgment last December, ruling illegal the current blanket policy of indefinite retention of DNA profiles whether or not the person has been convicted of an offence." *sigh*

    Tagged with: ukprivacyDNAdatabasepolicearrestarchiveprofilingcrimefascism

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