Innocent people’s DNA profiles won’t be deleted after all, minister admits 1

Christopher Hope, and Robert Winnett write in The Daily Telegraph:

The DNA of more than one million innocent people will not be wiped from police records, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Instead the police will retain DNA profiles in anonymised form, leaving open the possibility of connecting them up with people’s names, ministers have admitted.

The admission appears to break a Coalition commitment to delete all innocent profiles, apart from those accused of violent or sex crimes, from police databases.

Civil liberties groups accused the Government of a “disgraceful U-turn” and a “breach of promise” to destroy innocent people’s DNA.

In an editorial comment, the paper says:

This was supposed to be a coalition that could at least agree on the sinister implications of mass supervision; hence the ditching of ID cards. But the effect of that liberating decision is rather cancelled out by this setback for liberty.

We urge MPs to insist that the DNA of innocent people is permanently deleted.