Watchdog criticises EU plan to share DNA data

Mark John reports in Reuters:

The European Union has rushed through rules giving police access to DNA databases across the bloc without regard for proper safeguards, a data protection watchdog said on Thursday.

Tourists could find themselves suspects in a cross-border criminal investigation merely for having had a drink at a motorway service station, European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx said.

“In some cases it will be a nightmare not only for citizens but also law enforcement authorities … What might have been done responsibly has not been done well,” Hustinx told a news conference presenting his annual report.

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