Ministers are to trim up to 850,000 DNA profiles from the current
total of 4.5m on a national database after a court ruled innocent
people must be removed.
Those arrested, but later released or acquitted, will have their
profiles wiped after between six and 12 years.
Officials warned the changes could reduce the number of crimes solved.
But opposition parties accused the government of "giving as little as
possible" in response to the European Court of Human Rights judgement.
Last year the court ruled that the database in England and Wales' was
illegal - unlike Scotland's which was deemed "fair and proportionate".
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