30 July 2008
Welcoming the findings of the Human Genetics Commission (HGC) Citizens’ Inquiry into DNA  NO2ID’s National Coordinator, Phil Booth , said
Now its secret history of ethically dubious research  has been revealed, the lifelong retention of innocent and vulnerable people’s DNA on the database seems all the more sinister.
NO2ID applauds the Human Genetics Commission and its panel of ordinary citizens who, given a chance to question the experts, have arrived at the just and reasonable conclusion that the innocent, uncharged and rehabilitated should be removed from the DNA database.
NO2ID General Secretary Guy Herbert said:
It is heartening to find that the conclusion of a panel drawn from a broad range of backgrounds agrees with the expert view of the Nuffield Bioethics
Committee  – that a police DNA database is no place for the intimate samples of innocent people.
But suggesting a seperate government quango to administer the database only distracts from the fact that what is needed is not a new managing body but
simply clearer and more transparent oversight on how DNA records are stored, how they are used, and who they are used by.
The current police policy, of taking samples at every opportunity and refusing to delete any, will see the lives of millions of the tax-paying, law-abiding population recorded alongside alongside convicted criminals, and is unacceptable.
Notes for editors:
1) Full report available from:
2) Phil Booth, NO2ID national coordinator, sat on the Advisory Panel to the Citizen’s Inquiry.
3) In its first report last week, the Ethics Group for the National DNA Database recommended that innocent people’s DNA be removed from the
4) From a report in September last year:
5) NO2ID is the UK-wide non-partisan campaign against ID cards and the database state. See http://www.no2id.net/dbstate.php for a list of ‘database
state’ initiatives that NO2ID is actively opposing.