Thursday, April 27, 2006

UK DNA database Removal

Getting off the UK DNA database:
The UK Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) explains how - first request of the Chief Police Officer, the deletion of your record as an unlawful collection of DNA sample because your arrest was mistaken identity or whatever reason it was you were arrested and a DNA sample taken. " Because that is the only way to protest and request removal "where the original arrest or sampling was found to be unlawful." Chief Police Officers will then, according to instructions given to them,
"The Chief Officer is asked to consider any response and either reply to the applicant rejecting the application for the removal of the record(s) or refer the case papers to the DNAFRP [DNA & Fingerprint Retention Project], thus ensuring that a consistent approach is adopted nationally."
So you first request that your DNA records be deleted, then they deny your request and refer it to the DNAFRP. There is no instruction to the public as to procedure for requesting deletion after denial by the ACPO and and referral to the DNAFRP.

This came to light after Britons discovered their DNA was being built into a UK National DNA database, even though that was denied officially. So certain are the ACPO that they'll need to protect those records in the database that they've issued instructions to their members on how to deal with "recent widespread media coverage relating to the retention of DNA" - and have instructed them to deny requests for deletion of DNA records and refer them to another agency.

No doubt the UK DNAFRP will respond with instructions to deny claims filed with them and refer them elsewhere. Because once a database record is established, it should be protected, cherished, forever retained and shared with dozens of other agencies, associations, projects and governments.

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