ON THIS DAY, OF ALL DAYS, OUR FREEDOM KNOWETH NO BOUNDS
We should be grateful that today, of all days, we are told that even if we are innocent our DNA can still be stored on a database for six years.
My grandfathers and great grandfathers would be so proud to have fought to create such a society.
Due to their ultimate sacrifice our freedom knoweth no bounds.
Not even the Nazis, with their deep fascination with all things genetic, did not go this far! I have very very deep suspicions about what any DNA that has been collected is being used for.
Home Office to keep DNA of innocent for six years, not 12
Government expected to announce limit in response to ruling by European court of human rights
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 November 2009 08.38 GMT
Home Office ministers are expected to announce a six-year limit on the retention of DNA profiles on the national database for people arrested but not convicted of any offence, bringing it more in line with Scotland, where five years is the norm.
The predicted climbdown comes after the government last month withdrew proposals to keep the DNA profiles of innocent people for six to 12 years, depending on the seriousness of the offence for which they were investigated.
This was dropped in the face of an expected defeat in the House of Lords to enable ministers to get the policing and crime bill on the statute book before the parliamentary year ends tomorrow.