than others who have not been convicted of any offence

Rapists etc may think twice if they knew their DNA was already recorded and ..
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Is it ethical to have a national DNA database

The paranoia of some people here is ludicrous. They would sell their soul to the government if they thought it would "solve a crime". If you're not convicted then your DNA should be removed. Pure and simple. All you "model citizens" who so smugly spout Blair's mantra of "nothing to hide" simply haven't got the brains to understand the long-term implications of being on such a database. You seem to think that because someone's sample has been taken, that there must be "some" degree of criminality about the individual, therefore in your eyes they become "dodgy" and should be eyed with suspicion. How awful! I agree entirely with Andrew Barker (Lanwrda) about the mischief and havoc this system has the ability to cause, in the wrong hands.

If the database is extended beyond just convicted criminals, ..
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DNA database 'should include all' - Telegraph

"What we love about DNA is that it convicts the guilty and exonerates the innocent," Suthers said. "If anyone gets arrested for a felony in Colorado, their DNA is collected. Anyone acquitted can have their DNA sample withdrawn from the database. There are very strict guidelines that all law enforcement agencies have to follow when it comes to DNA collection. There are only 13 locations in the DNA strand that are recorded and no identifying markers are ever stored. Most importantly, if someone isn't suspected of a felony or convicted, their DNA is never entered into CODIS."

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This enables the reopening of cases not because of new evidence, but due to new forensic techniques. The project has so far resulted in 21 convictions, with several other suspects arrested and awaiting trial. Government sources say the majority of the active criminal population now have their DNA recorded. Police receive more than 3,500 DNA matches a month, double the figure in 1998/99.

was vital for catching serious criminals
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