The judge thinks everyone in the country and anyone that visits the country should have their DNA in the database because the database as it is now has a disproportionate number of ethnicities in it due to racial profiling. Here is the way it is broken down now:
- 5.2% of UK population
- Nearly 40% of black men
- 13% of Asian men
- 9% of white men
I think this is not so great of an idea. Why should the government be able to have everyone's DNA on file? It seems like it would actually be less fair because innocent people would be forced to have to go through the process of giving DNA to get into the database. And wouldn't that clog the system?
Scotland seems to be more on the right track.
In Scotland, DNA samples taken when people are arrested must be destroyed if the individual is not charged or convicted.My thoughts on this seem to fall in line with the final quote in the article:
Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty, said a database for every man, woman and child in the country was "a chilling proposal, ripe for indignity, error and abuse".