Denseman on the Rattis

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The DNA database

DNA rendering
Originally uploaded by ynse

Several newspapers are reporting that the police in England and Wales want to collect DNA samples from people who’ve done really minor things like speeding or dropping litter. (And if they start doing it down south, I’m sure it’d happen up here too soon enough.)

I really think this is worrying. It basically means the police can easily obtain DNA from any person they want, which can very easily lead to targeting.

If people really think a big DNA database is the way to go, it’d be fairer to collect DNA samples from every person in the UK, including tourists. In that way, everyone is equal for the law, and perhaps that could prompt a proper debate on whether that’s the right way to govern a society.

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