Thursday, March 23, 2006

Innocent teacher's DNA removed from database

Until the judgment is made available, I'm not sure how far-reaching this ruling will be. But it potentially could mean that around 125,000 people that have never been convicted but whose DNA is stored on the national database can now demand that it be removed:

A supply teacher who was accused of hitting a child twice with a ruler, but was not prosecuted, has won her legal battle to have her fingerprints, DNA sample and photograph destroyed within 28 days.

UPDATE: Today's Telegraph states that DNA samples were taken while the teacher was illegally detained, after the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to prosecute. This was why the court ordered they must be removed from the national database. A small but not decisive step forward for privacy.

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