back to article Lack of governance on new police tech leaves 'worrying vacuum' – Brit biometrics commish

Brit cops' use of new technologies isn't always organised or systematic, and a lack of governance on biometrics from government leaves a "worrying vacuum", biometrics commissioner Paul Wiles has said. In his annual report, Wiles said that although the police are generally compliant with laws on the use and retention of DNA and …

  1. Whitter
    Unhappy

    retention ... for general crime

    Wiles said that although the police are generally compliant with laws on the use and retention of DNA and fingerprints for general crime....

    Maybe: but what about retention for no-crime? As I recall, they "couldn't delete" that stuff, which rather suggests Wiles is being more than a little generous.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: retention ... for general crime

      Or just parroting what he has been told which is more likely.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: retention ... for general crime

      Don't miss out the bit about leaving people on bail so they don't have to delete the data. Governance will be ignored anyway.

      1. Adam 52 Silver badge

        Re: retention ... for general crime

        Police bail is limited to 28 days, so not really a very useful way of extending a retention period.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: retention ... for general crime

          If I remember correctly people weren't on bail but they left the flag on the computer so it keep their fingerprints and DNA.

        2. Cynic_999 Silver badge

          Re: retention ... for general crime

          "

          Police bail is limited to 28 days

          "

          Gosh, you seem to have believed the propaganda. Police bail can last for years, or even the rest of the person's life. Because firstly a senior police officer can and will routinely extend bail to 3 months, and a friendly magistrate can be relied upon to extend it indefinitely if a policeman says it is necessary. Anyone suspected of an offence where digital evidence must be obtained (e.g. a computer or phone must undergo forensic examination) are routinely placed on police bail for at least 6 months, and often for a year or more. Remember that the police can now impose conditions on their bail, which can be pretty onerous (though if police bail conditions are broken there's not much the police can do about it).

  2. Howard Hanek
    Happy

    Possibilities

    Think of ALL the possible applications for the phrase 'worrying vacuum' ! My first thought being Parliament.......

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