People are being arrested simply so that their DNA profiles can be recorded on the national database, according to the Chairman of the Human Genetics Commission, Professor Jonathan Montgomery.
The Home Office maintains that retaining the DNA profiles of innocent people on the DNA database increases the chances of solving future crimes. But what’s the evidence for this?
Did the Home Office ignore the advice of its own advisers over the retention of DNA profiles on the national database?
This week the Government climbed down over its proposals to hold the DNA profiles of innocent people on its database for between six and 12 years.
Damian Green MP has won his appeal to have his DNA profile removed from the national database. His was "an exceptional case", apparently.
The Home Office has published a consultation paper on its plans for retaining DNA profiles of individuals arrested for crimes but not convicted.