UK: UK leads the world in the collection of individual DNA records with over 2.5 million collected by March 2004


5.24% of the UK population have had their DNA taken from them, this compares to 0.98% in Austria, 0.83% in Switzerland, 0.50% in the USA and 0.41% in Germany. UK figures are set to increase substantially as a change in the law says that DNA and fingerprints can be compulsorily be taken by police from anyone arrested for any offence - DNA and fingerprints can be kept on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) even if the person is not charged with any offence or has been acquitted of an alleged offence. Report on UK DNA database (pdf)

 

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