Annual Report of the Biometrics Commissioner

Home Office written statement – made on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

I am pleased to announce that my rt hon Friend the Home Secretary is today publishing the third annual report of the Biometrics Commissioner, together with the government’s response.

The Biometrics Commissioner, Paul Wiles, is appointed under Section 20 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. His responsibilities are:

  • to decide applications by the police for extended retention of DNA profiles and fingerprints from persons arrested for serious offences but not charged or convicted;
  • to keep under review National Security Determinations made by Chief Officers under which DNA profiles and fingerprints may be retained for national security purposes;
  • to exercise general oversight of police use of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints.

His report is a statutory requirement of section 21 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

I am grateful to Mr Wiles for this report. No redactions to it have been made on the grounds of national security. The Government has considered it and produced a response.

Copies of the report will be available from the Vote Office. The Government’s response will be placed in the House Library.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS129