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UK DNA Database Reaches 4.8 million, grows by 660,000 every year

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, 11 Oct 2008News

More details about the growing tendency of the UK government to log, track and catalog its citizens have been provided by the National Policing Improvement Agency in its first annual report.

According to the NPIA and the Telegraph, the police took nearly 1 million samples in since March 2007, that amounts to nearly 28,000 per month, a substantial amount of whom have yet to commit any crime (although some have voluntarily given their DNA sample in a police inquiry).

Nearly four out of five on records are from men, with more than forty percent aged between 15 and 24, and according to the report, more than 44,000 samples from crime scenes have been matched with DNA database in the 12 months to 2007, something which NPIA head Peter Neyroud said would revolutionise police procedure.

By the end of this year, it is estimated that one in every 12 UK citizens will be tagged and catalogued in this giant database.

Astonishingly, 350,000 of those DNA profiles - roughly eight percent - came from children aged 14 or less, highlighting the growing problem linked to criminalisation of the younger generation. 

This has prompted Chris Huhne, shadow home secretary for the Lib-Dem Party, to say that much of the information in the database is "intrusive and irrelevant" while Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty said she was shocked but not surprised.

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