Sat, 15 Sep 2007

Innocents are exceptional

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 Guidelines (also known 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 exceptional:
Step model - Retention Guidelines flow chart
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 year 115 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 Issues (agenda and registration). My response to the consultation and other background info can be found in Should the Police keep your DNA forever?. Last week, Lord Justice Sedley's said 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?

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