Bioinformation - Key findings

Since this report was published, there have been a number of developments in this area of law. The information below applies to the time at which the report was published. For information about changes since 2007 please see:

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Bioinformation - Introduction

In September 2007, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a report, The forensic use of bioinformation: ethical issues, which considers the ethical issues raised by the use of DNA and fingerprints in the criminal justice system.

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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.

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