Death knell for the National DNA Database

This is fantastic news:

Two British men should not have had their DNA and fingerprints retained by police, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

The men’s information was held by South Yorkshire Police, although neither was convicted of any offence.

The judgement could have major implications on how DNA records are stored in the UK’s national database.

The judges said keeping the information “could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society”.

The database may now have to be scaled back following the unanimous judgement by 17 senior judges from across Europe.

Is it too early to open a bottle of champagne?

Update: From the judgment:

In conclusion, the Court finds that the blanket and indiscriminate nature of the powers of retention of the fingerprints, cellular samples and DNA profiles of persons suspected but not convicted of offences, as applied in the case of the present applicants, fails to strike a fair balance between the competing public and private interests and that the respondent State has overstepped any acceptable margin of appreciation in this regard. Accordingly, the retention at issue constitutes a disproportionate interference with the applicants’ right to respect for private life and cannot be regarded as necessary in a democratic society.


4 Responses to Death knell for the National DNA Database

  1. ukliberty says:

    Is it too early to open a bottle of champagne?

    Sadly yes, because it remains to be seen how the Government will respond. But certainly I think was a great day nonetheless.

    • Fanny says:

      I love reading your posts always so many great things you find.I also cant deal with buying new has no appeal to me at all I much prefer my opgh.ppinsoMy dream would be to go to the UK and USA and do some hunting there.

    • Opvallend genoeg zaten de peilingen vooraf er net zo veel naast als de exitpolls. Dit blijkt uit een berekening die maakte in de verkiezingsnacht. Dat is opvallend, want van een prognose zou je meer onzorgvuldigheid verwachten dan van een exitpoll (die daadwerkelijk stemgedrag meet). Aan alle kanten gaan er nu stemmen op dat al die opiniepeilingen het stemgedrag hebben gemanipuleerd. Laroes en Taselaar zouden zich deze kritiek serieus moeten aantrekken.

    • My comments today did not show up in that thread at Mangan's. I seem to recall that the software might impose a limit of 200 visible comments. So, you might want to share your more recent thoughts here. I have a couple things I'd like to say.

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