I've just had some really worrying figures through about the number of people with their details stored on the national DNA database - both nationally and on Merseyside.
Back in Decemer 2008 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was illegal to keep innocent people's details on teh databse. Yet it seems that more than 100,000 people who are have not been found guilty of anything, have had their details added to the database since then.
The figures have come out through research by the Lib Dems in Parliament. The figures for Merseyside are:
150,820 profiles held. Of these 31, 371 are of innocent people. Since the December 08 rulng 6,560 profiles of innocent people have been added. 4 people meanwhile have managed to get their profiles removed. That mens that for every "innocent profile" removed since the ruling more than 1,600 have been added.
Despite the Government’s promises to abide by the European Court’s ruling, they are still doing everything they can to avoid it.
Labour do have a proposal which involves innocent people's information being kept for six years before being removed - a sort of "half guilty" category I guess.
But frankly if you are not guilty of anything there should be no question of your DNA being stored.
Well done to Jenny Willott for digging out these figures.