DNA decision

The Government’s DNA sample retention policy is being reviewed following S and Marper v UK, in which the European Court of Human Rights ruled that retaining samples from innocent people was incompatible with the right to a private life.

Although Home Secretary Jacqui Smith insisted the ruling would not “undermine” the DNA database, she has committed to consult on a “differentiated approach” based on age, risk, or nature of offence.  DNA of children under 10 years of age will immediately be removed from the database.