UK: Police chiefs secretly ordered to keep unlawful DNA of 850,000 innocent people…Posted: August 8, 2009
Police have secretly been told to continue with the unlawful ‘Big Brother’ policy of indefinitely storing DNA samples taken from entirely innocent people.
It is more than seven months since European judges ruled that DNA taken from 850,000 people who were not convicted of any crime could not be stored for life.
But a leaked letter by one of the country’s most senior policing officials reveals that forces have been warned against starting to destroy the unlawful samples.
Chief constables have been ‘strongly advised’ they should stick to the old rules allowing blanket retention of DNA samples until at least 2010.
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