19th October 2009
The Home Office announced today that it has dropped its proposal to retain the DNA profiles of innocent people for 6 and 12 years .
In practice, this leaves nearly a million people unlawfully on the National DNA Database with little prospect of having their DNA removed. Meanwhile, innocent people’s DNA continues to be added to the database and ACPO’s advice to Chief Constables means that last December’s European Court of Human Rights ruling will simply be ignored until the government has done something about it .
Phil Booth, NO2ID’s National Coordinator, said:
The brass neck of the Home Office is quite staggering. Having postponed any action for 10 months already through a sham consultation based on dodgy evidence and even more dodgy reasoning, it now suggests that doing nothing for at least another six months is ‘expeditiously complying with the ruling’ against it.
Guy Herbert, NO2ID’s General Secretary, said:
By removing the relevant order-making power from the Bill, the Home Office has ensured that no incoming Home Secretary can change the situation without further primary legislation. If it is not going to get the changes in the way it wants them, then there won’t *be* any changes. The equivalent of taking the ball home after being sent off for a foul.
Notes for editors:
- ‘Home Office climbs down over keeping DNA records on innocent’ Guardian, 19/9/09 – http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/oct/19/innocent-dna-database
- ‘Police told to ignore human rights ruling over DNA database’, Guardian, 7/8/09 – http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/aug/07/dna-database-police-advice
- NO2ID is the UK-wide non-partisan campaign against ID cards and the database state. See http://www.no2id.net/dbstate for a list of ‘database state’ initiatives that NO2ID is actively opposing, and http://www.no2id.net/datasharing for how it all fits together.