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Keeping the right people on the DNA database - consultation and response

In May 2009, we published a consultation called ‘Keeping the right people on the database: Science and public protection.'  The consultation intended to promote public debate on how long we should retain fingerprints and DNA setting out the benefits of DNA and fingerprints in detecting offenders and helping to bring them to justice. It aimed to provide a proportionate balance between protecting communities and protecting the rights of the individual. 

The consultation ended on 7 August 2009. We received 503 formal responses to the consultation from a wide variety of interested stakeholders and individual respondents.

In light of these responses and discussions held with key stakeholders across the spectrum of policing, judiciary, defence and human rights groups, the summary document also sets out our proposals for implementing the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of S and Marper and for improving the governance and accountability around biometric data.

The consultation, summary of responses, written ministerial statement and an evidence paper are available below.

Date: Thu May 07 09:03:06 BST 2009

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