Over 500,000 names on the DNA database are false, misspelt or incorrect, the Government has admitted ...For the Liberal Democrats, Lynne Featherstone is quote as saying:
Thousands asked to give their details to police upon arrest have given false names or alternative spellings of their names. In other cases, mistakes have been made in the spelling of names. Some files include names belonging to someone else, or names of people who do not exist. Altogether there are 550,000 "replica" files.
"If the database is to be of any use, then it has to be accurate. DNA data is open to abuse and this could allow people who mean no good to do no good. The more failsafe the police regard DNA, the easier it is to set someone up,"All that is true, but do we want the database to be of any use? Lib Dem blogger Jock's Place gets it right when he says:
This database, accurate or not, is open to abuse. The way the data is collected is abhorrent, from children and uncharged adults who have likely done nothing wrong or where the evidence has not been able to show they have done anything wrong. Our message is that it should be scrapped. Not merely tidied up.And I can't forget a letter that was published in Viz a few months ago. It pointed out that scientists have shown that humans and chimpanzees share 98 per cent of their DNA and asked if chimps were going round committing crimes and getting away with it as a result.
Our DNA is part of us as individuals. Holding samples of it is false imprisonment. It should be subject to habeas corpus. There can be no truck with this illiberal nonsense.