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A "Citizens' Inquiry" into the Forensic Use of DNA and National DNA Database is calling for proper public debate into the issues raised by the database, education of the public about their rights and an independent body to oversee the development of the database. The Citizens' Inquiry was made up of 30 people drafted in to help …

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Anonymous Coward

Another reason to object to DNA databases

Here is a story from Australia which shows why DNA databases are not the be all and end all of policing.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24137207-2,00.html

Charges against one person already dropped, and the re-opening of 7000 cases (yes that does say 7K) which relied on DNA evidence matched to a DNA database due to the discovery that samples were contaminated at the lab

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Reviewed, not dropped

Sounds prudent to double check but the article does point out "Mr Overland said 500 cases had been reviewed without any problems."

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