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Genetics: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 9th March 2009.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Home Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how old the (a) youngest and (b) oldest person with a profile on the national DNA database is; and how old the (i) youngest and (ii) oldest person to have had a profile added to the national DNA database was at the time the profile was added.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

As at 26 November 2008, the youngest person with a profile on the National DNA Database was aged under one year and the oldest was over 90 years old. The youngest person to have had a profile added to the NDNAD was under one year old, and the oldest was over 90 years old, at the time the profile was added.

The precise age of the subject profile taken from the subject aged over 90 cannot be disclosed as it would constitute personal data as defined by Article 2 of the European Data Protection Directive: information relating to an identified or identifiable individual.

On 16 December 2008, I announced that the Government would take immediate steps to remove the DNA profiles of children aged under ten from the NDNAD.

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Gareth Young
Posted on 10 Mar 2009 3:26 pm (Report this annotation)

Under one year-old!

Does this government have any scruples whatsoever?

"England, Wales and Northern Ireland appeared to be the only jurisdictions within the Council of Europe to allow the indefinite retention of fingerprint and DNA material of any person of any age suspected of any recordable offence," said the European Court of Human Rights.

The Scottish parliament had decided in 2006 to outlaw the indiscriminate retention of DNA records by police on the basis of its "threat to civil liberties" and "the lack of evidence of benefit".

The sooner England is rid of this bunch of tin-pot New Labour fascists the better.

Kevin Wells
Posted on 10 Mar 2009 5:16 pm (Report this annotation)

This government seems to have no shame.

The book 1984 was not written as a training manual but a warning on bad government.

Kaihsu Tai
Posted on 14 Apr 2009 7:38 pm (Report this annotation)

It is indeed puzzling for what purpose the DNA would have to be collected from a child less than one year old. It is very unlikely such a person would have commit a crime, or even would be about to commit a crime, unless there is some strange heuristic Her Majesty's Government is using.

Kaihsu Tai
Posted on 16 Apr 2009 8:21 pm (Report this annotation)

Later in the month, the Home Secretary claimed that 'I announced in December our intention to remove all those aged under 10 from the database' and shortly after, in the same debate, that 'no DNA of children under the age of 10 is kept on DNA databases now.'