02 Sep 2019
This report concluded that DNA profiling is an increasingly valuable tool for detecting and prosecuting offenders, but more safeguards are needed to protect the liberty and privacy of the innocent.
Specifically, the Council found that the indefinite storage of DNA profiles of people who are arrested but never charged or convicted was a disproportional measure. Instead, a move to bring the law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland into line with Scotland (where bioinformation is only indefinitely retained for those convicted of a recordable offence) is recommended.
The report also makes recommendations in the following areas: