Alan Travis reports:
Government proposals to keep the DNA profiles of innocent people for up to six years have been rejected by the Commons home affairs select committee.
The MPs’ report, published in advance of a key Commons vote on DNA, says they are not convinced that such a long retention period will lead to any more cases being cleared, let alone getting more convictions.
Instead, the cross-party committee backs a maximum period of three years for the police to keep the DNA profiles of those people they arrest but release before they are charged or convicted.
Read more in The Guardian.
I suppose that 3 years is better than 6, but then, is it right to retain the DNA of people who may have been arrested in error or who were never charged with anything at all?