Liberal Democrats have long been concerned about the police keeping the DNA of innocent people.
And it’s particularly unacceptable when the DNA belongs to children. Now my colleague Jo Shaw in Camden has got figures from the police there using Freedom of Information requests. Camden are adding on average 350 samples a year from children to the National DNA Database – that’s almost one a day. Jo points out that at present, if the child is over 10, their DNA sample can be retained on the database indefinitely, whether or not they are convicted (or even charged) with any criminal offence.
This is all very timely as the government are consulting about retention of DNA right now.