Liberal Democrat Leader Ming Campbell today raised concerns over the fact that over half of all British black men will soon have their information held on the DNA database.
Ming Campbell said the Government’s insistence on keeping people’s records on a DNA database when they are not charged for an offence could seriously affect community relations.
By 2010 over half of all British black men will find their information held on the database.
Menzies Campbell said:
“There is absolutely no justification for keeping the DNA record of anyone who is not charged with an offence.
“This arbitrary method of collecting DNA will alienate minority groups who already feel unjustly targeted.
“There is also a real risk that the DNA database could be misused.
“With growing concern about racial profiling and disproportionality in criminal investigations, the need to keep innocent people on the DNA database is highly questionable and could damage community relations.”
You can sign the Liberal Democrats’ petition to protect innocent people’s DNA at http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/dna