Britain now has the largest police DNA database in the
world and it is growing fast.
which held only 700,000 samples when Labour took office in 1997, now contains
more than 3 million and this will rise to 4.25 million within two years,
according to the Home Office.
The reason is that suspects arrested over any imprisonable
offence can have their DNA held, even if they are never charged or are
acquitted. It now includes
140,000 from people never charged with any offence.
The Home Office report showed that 5.24% of the UK
population now has a DNA profile held on the database. This compares with an EU
average of 1.13% and 0.5% in the US.
In Germany it is 0.4%
Even in collectivist France only 0.1% of the population has
their DNA profile held by police.
The "ethnic appearance" of each person on the
database is also recorded.
The Home Office says 82 per cent of male profiles are white
and 7 per cent black. This
means that nearly four in 10 black men in Britain are on the database, compared
with fewer than one in 10 white men.
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