Coalition Government to adopt Scottish model for DNA Database

In the coalition document, the Government has stated under its plans for civil liberties that it will “adopt the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database”.

The full details are yet to be announced, but under the Scottish system, other than in exceptional cases, DNA profiles and biological samples from a person are kept permanently on record only if they have been convicted of a recordable offence.

The proposal endorses the recommendation made in the Council’s 2007 report ‘The forensic use of bioinformation: ethical issues’ that the law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should be brought in line with Scotland.

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