Thursday, 7 May 2009

Ups and downs

The European Court of Human Rights last year judged the British DNA databases illegal - they held innocent people's DNA data for the last 12 years. Now finally, after much subterfuge and magician tricks pulled by the Home Office and its head Stalinist, Jacqui Smith, UK finally starts to act on this ruling.

DNA profiles of innocent people are to be deleted from the national database, but innocent people accused of serious violent and sexual offences who are released without charge will still have their genetic profile stored for 12 years under the Home Office plans.

Kids convicted of only one minor offence will be deleted from the database when they turn 18... so this means that totally innocent people - very much including children - will have their most intimate details stockpiled for years on a database.

So some progress, but it sounds like, as some put it, UK has to be taken to court once again... until this mess is resolved in a manner that aligns the UK to the rest of the civilised world.

To compensate for this partial good news, the much debated ID cards (yes, biometric data will be held on databases...) will have a go-ahead via retailers (yes, not kidding, high street shops!) taking part in collecting the data from shoppers.

They were deemed suitable for this and also security concerns over the data were said to be invalid. Scottish National Party's Home Affairs spokesperson, Pete Wishart MP, said: "It says everything about Labour's priorities that, when they are slashing essential frontline investment, they are throwing away billions on an unwanted, expensive and unnecessary ID card scheme."

Also, it hides the fact that the program needs an extra quarter of billion pounds...

So, now as another spin on the 'terror strategy', high-street shops will be potentially authorised to take your biometric data, send them to Home Office databases and then have the ID cards issued to you. Clearly, an improvement in Jacqui Smith's (very very limited but worthy of a dictator's) mind.

1 comment:

Thomas M. Sipos said...


My father was part of the Hungarian minority in Translyvania, though he moved to Hungary, then left in 1956.

It inspired my book about Ceausescu's regime, which you can find at or

All best,

-- Thomas M. Sipos