UK Liberty

DNA database expansion

Posted in database state by ukliberty on May 27, 2007

The Guardian:

Civil liberties groups are warning that the details of every Briton could soon be on the national DNA database, raising fresh concerns of a ‘surveillance society’. Controversial plans being studied by the government would see the DNA of people convicted of even the most minor, non-imprisonable offences, such as dropping litter, entered on the national database.

The proposals are part of a wide-ranging government review of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace), which campaign groups warn may have profound ramifications for society. …


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  1. Kevin Killeen said, on September 6, 2007 at 2:08 am

    After hearing the DNA story on BBC radio and listening to Ann Faircroft’s (sorry for the spelling) comments, I sent the following to BBC.

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    Added: Thursday, 6 September, 2007, 24:52 GMT

    I’m an American attorney trained in DNA evidence.
    Arguements for use of DNA as evidence are fundamentally flawed both legally and scientifically, but people do not know.
    DNA EVIDENCE PROVES LITTLE – it should’nt be relied on for any conclusion without other proof. 1st, it is statistical evidence that rules out, rather than establishes a fact. 2nd, DNA can mutate (ie: via virus). 3rd, people can have 2 sets of DNA (twin fetus combination). 4th, more than one person can leave DNA at a crime.

    Kevin Killeen, JD, Slinger, Wisconsin, USA

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