In message <[log in to unmask]>, "Simon
Howarth (WSL)" <[log in to unmask]> writes
> Firstly I will state that I have no problem with my DNA profile being held
>responsibly by the police on an indefinite basis. I do not plan to commit a
>crime, let alone one where my DNA may be used as evidence, but I am happy
>that should I ever be a suspect my DNA profile can be immediately checked
>without the need to cause me inconvenience, and my innocence so far as the
>DNA is concerned "proven".
Unless the perpetrator has taken the precaution of leaving some of
*your* DANA at the scene! This is rather easier than leaving a copy of
your fingerprints there, for example.
>Also if there are 5 other people that might match your DNA profile, at what
>point does the profile become personal data?
If you can take the DNA [or whatever representation of the DNA comes out
of the testing apparatus] and use it to identify you (which is what I
thought the whole idea was) then surely it *is* personal data.
As for the "5 other people", the police/courts would have to use
additional evidence to determine from the six of you, which were the
five innocent people and which the one guilty one.
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