UK government says no plans to create compulsory DNA database Devin Montgomery at 2:56 PM ET
[JURIST] The UK Home Office [official website] said Saturday that the government has no plans to create a compulsory DNA database for British citizens, citing ethical and information security concerns. The country's more limited existing National DNA Database [Home Office backgrounder], which retains DNA information collected from criminal suspects upon arrest, has already been criticized by rights groups for retaining the information of suspects after they are found innocent, and for displaying a racial bias [JURIST reports] against minorities. One proponent of the database, UK Lord Justice Stephen Sedley [official profile], has said that the database should be expanded [JURIST report] to include all citizens and visitors to the country in order to combat crime and to eliminate the racial bias. Policing Minister Tony McNulty [official profile] defended the current system, telling BBC News that the system's "balance and the fairness and proportionality is about right where it's now." McNulty also expressed concerns about maintaining the security of the DNA database if it were expanded to include 60 million people.
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