Nanny cannot resist building databases, and hates to remove data from these databases once she has uploaded it.
Therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that Nanny has reneged on a promise to remove the DNA profiles of people arrested but not charged by the police with a crime, ie one million innocent people, from the police DNA database.
Police will retain the DNA profiles in anonymised form, leaving open the possibility of connecting them up with people's names, ministers have admitted.
Currently, in England and Wales, the DNA profiles of everyone arrested for a recordable offence are retained by the police, regardless of whether they were charged or convicted.
The police national DNA database holds over five million profiles, including one million people with no criminal conviction.
Given that our police seem happy to sell personal details and to leak like the Titanic to the press, this is not exactly a very "welcome" development!
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