Sat, 15 Sep 2007
The Police have eventually considered my case exceptional
and have destroyed
my bio-information and deleted the associated database
records (more details, in context, at the two links).
Here's a flow chart from Appendix 2 of the Management
of Police Information (MoPI) Guidance - Step model - Retention
as the Retention Guidelines for Nominal Records
on the Police National Computer, incorporating the Step Down Model
It describes the procedure to decide whether a case is deemed to be
This document doesn't describe the process after the red circled box is
reached. Hopefully there are processes to ensure that no database
record or bio-information sample is missed in the destruction and
deletion procedure. Last
cases were considered exceptional.
Related news: on 2007-09-18, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics will be
publishing its Report The Forensic Use of Bioinformation: Ethical
). My response to the consultation and other
background info can be found in Should
the Police keep your DNA forever?
. Last week, Lord Justice
it would be fairer to expand the National DNA database to
cover the whole population and all those who visited the UK, even for a
weekend. Justified? Proportionate?