Concern over police DNA database

by jeeg 19. September 2011 23:23

A civil liberties specialist says the Government's plans to roll out the final phase of its DNA database upgrade, lowers the bar of law in this country.

The new law means DNA can be collected from adult offenders for any offence punishable by a prison sentence.

Criminal barrister Michael Bott says police now have the right to keep a database that will last forever that could be for offences as simple as trespass or disorderly behaviour.

"Now technically any offence punishable by imprisonment, police can now take your DNA," he told Newstalk ZB. "That's an extreme lowering of the threshold"

Mr Bott says the trouble with a huge database like this is that innocent people can become suspects in criminal cases.

NIcola Grigg, NewstalkZB


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