Privacy: Government Databases — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:24 pm on 25th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Government Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 3:24 pm, 25th March 2009

My Lords, of course I agree with my noble friend. It is absolute common sense that the DNA database has ensured not only that people who are not guilty of offences are declared not guilty but also that a large number of people who would not otherwise have been brought to court are found guilty of extremely serious offences.

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William Heath
Posted on 30 Mar 2009 7:32 pm (Report this annotation)

As my mate Martyn points out: Why is the DNA database given credit for freeing the man wrongly held for 27 years for murder? I understood that the crime scene samples were analysed and compared directly with his DNA - which would have been available even without the database. Moreover, since he had been charged and convicted, his DNA would be on the database even if the rule was that the DNA of those found innocent gets deleted.