Should we have a national DNA database?

With DNA from over 5 million people on the police’s national DNA database, DNA profiling has proved to be a valuable tool for solving crimes. In England in 2010 your DNA profile is taken and stored if you are arrested, even if you are found not guilty. Some argue that the DNA database intrudes on people’s privacy and that sensitive genetic information could be misused. However, a decision by the European Court of Human Rights in 2009 led to a new law in England and Wales which will limit how long DNA and DNA profiles can be stored.

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