02-11-2011, 08:02 PM
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DNA of up to a million to be wiped under Freedom Bill
Quote:Only the profiles of people suspected of serious offences of sex or violence will be retained and only for a maximum of five years, under plans unveiled in the Protection of Freedoms Bill published yesterday.
The move ends a three-year campaign by civil liberty groups after a European Court ruled the blanket, indefinite retention of DNA of innocent people was unlawful.
However, it will be at least a year before samples begin to be deleted because police chiefs will not change their policy until the proposals become law.
The reform is one of a raft of measures contained in the bill aimed at curtailing the widespread intrusion of privacy and civil liberties by the state, much of which was introduced by the last Government.
Others proposals include a significant scaling back of vetting and criminal record checks, more powers for the public around CCTV, making it a criminal offence to wheel-clamp vehicles on private land and a major reduction of state powers to snoop on people.
A major culling of the 1,200 different powers available to officials to enter a home and a ban on schools fingerprinting children without their parent's consent are also planned.
There will also be a new law allowing homosexuals who were convicted for having consensual sex with anyone over the age of 16 when it was illegal to have their criminal record wiped clean.
The period a terror suspect can be detained without charge will be halved to 14 days.
Police will no longer be able to stop and search people without reasonable suspicion under terror laws unless there is "reasonable suspicion" that an atrocity will take place.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said: "The first duty of the state is the protection of its citizens, but this should never be an excuse for the government to intrude into people's private lives."
Currently anyone arrested but not convicted of a crime has their DNA taken and retained indefinitely, a policy ruled unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights in 2008.
Approximately one in five of the five million profiles on the national DNA database are for people who have never been convicted of an offence.
Under plans in the Bill, anyone arrested but not convicted of a serious sex of violent offence will have their profile held for three years plus a further two if a court decides.
Terror suspects will have their profiles held for at least three years and possible indefinitely with a rolling option to retain every two years.
Anyone suspected of a minor offence will not have their samples held while juveniles convicted of a minor crime will have their profiles wiped five years after the end of their sentence.
Isabella Sankey, policy director at civil rights group Liberty, welcomed the removal of innocent people from the DNA database and the tightening of stop and search powers.
But Information Commissioner Christopher Graham warned that the details of the Bill "will need careful consideration".
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