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IBM to build UK fingerprints database

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has contracted IBM to build a database to support the Government’s switch to biometric passports.IBM will also provide a replacement for the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) Immigration and Asylum Fingerprint System (IAFS) which holds ...

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Government may renew data sharing plans

Speaking at a conference in London organised by the Information Commissioner’s Office, he emphasised the need for a new consultation on the appropriate limits of data sharing. This follows the government’s retreat from its plans, contained in clause 152 of ...

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Paying billions for our database state

It is cost rather than privacy concerns that will save us from Labour’s megalomaniac surveillance schemes – a point underlined this morning when David Cameron was interviewed on the Today programme. With the vast choice of public expenditure open to ...

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The database state we’re in

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has published a major report on the UK’s Database State. Technology is transforming government, and there is an urgent need to control and understand it.  One of the most irritating tropes of New Labour is ...

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UK’s DNA database and ID register are illegal

The UK’s controversial DNA database and ID cards register are in breach of European data protection and rights laws, according to a new report by the Rowntree Trust published this week. The report slams Britain’s ‘database state’, claiming that 11 ...

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Bus drivers issued with DNA kits

BUS drivers in Wrexham have now been issued with DNA testing equipment to catch passengers who spit at them. By Matt Sims The swab kits were issued at a special event at Wrexham Bus Station in a bid to combat ...

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ACLU Challenges DNA Databank Expansion

Civil Liberties Group Concerned Over Privacy Issues MONTPELIER, Vt. — A proposal to expand the state’s DNA database is being questioned by a civil liberties group.   Under the Senate Judiciary Committee’s plan, the state would start collecting genetic samples ...

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Surveillance Overload

By Christian Harris | The world’s gone security crazy. Everywhere we go stronger measures are being implemented to combat impersonation, ID theft and fraud. Following news that a leading chain of kiddie’s nurseries in the UK is requiring parents to ...

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The DNA database and you

How big is it? How many get off it? Your questions answered… By David Mery Special Report The National DNA Database (NDNAD) keeps growing: it now holds more than five million DNA profiles of individuals. Getting off the database, if ...

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Passport Service dismisses 14 for database abuses

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) says it has dismissed 14 people over the last three years in relation to passport database abuses.The IPS is now closely involved in building the government’s national identity card database. Of 16 cases where ...

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Record increase in DNA database

More than 722,000 samples were added to the National DNA Database last year – a record increase for one year. The database has samples from some 4m people and is the world’s largest per head of population, the National Policing ...

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Groups protest DNA collection law

By Laura Smitherman | The Legislative Black Caucus and civil rights activists criticized yesterday Gov. Martin O’Malley‘s plan for implementing a new program for collecting DNA samples from crime suspects, accusing the administration of turning its back on hard-fought compromises ...

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Big brother, big bother?

Is the proposed Communications Data Bill a step too far for the British way of life? Timothy Pitt-Payne reports   By Timothy Pitt-Payne | On 15 July this year, the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, published his annual report. At the ...

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40,000 innocent children on police DNA files

Yorkshire Post | The national DNA database contains the profiles of almost 40,000 innocent children, the Home Office has admitted. Junior Minister Meg Hillier said the profiles of an estimated 39,095 10 to 17-year-olds who “had not been convicted, cautioned, ...

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Why DNA databases are doomed

By Glyn Moody | I’ve been against DNA databases for years, but I’ve always felt that the generic arguments I’ve been using were a little pallid, shall we say. And now, in what amounts to almost a throwaway comment, the ...

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Should we trust DNA?

SFGate | The role of DNA testing in the justice system has seemed unassailable – who can argue with the odds of two people sharing the same genetic markers being, in some cases, as low as 1 in 113 billion? ...

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Committee calls for database prudence

Kable’s Government Computing | The government should vow to collect only essential data on people and hold it only for as long as is necessary, the Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended. The committee says that decisions to create new ...

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European court threat to British DNA database

By Sean O’Neill | Murder, rape and child abuse investigations will be hampered if a European court rules that more than 500,000 DNA samples should be removed from Britain’s National DNA Database, a senior police chief has told The Times. ...

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Criminal DNA left unchecked for 13 months

PSCA | A report has found “significant shortcomings” in the Crown Prosecution’s Service’s (CPS) data handling. In January 2007 Dutch police sent a disc containing 2,159 DNA profiles from crime scenes so the UK police could analyse them. However, the ...

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The Surveillance Society Does Not Work

By Mick Meaney – RINF | Costing in excess of billions of pounds each year, every single area of the British surveillance society has been proven ill effective when dealing with crime, fraud and terrorism – the very reasons government ...

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DNA database solves 1 in 800 crimes

A massive expansion in the Government’s DNA database has brought fewer than a thousand criminals to justice, it was revealed last night. For every 800 DNA samples being added by the police – including those taken from innocent people – ...

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Sex offender DNA files expanded

BBC | Police in Fife have become the first in Scotland to fully manage DNA samples from non-registered sex offenders. The force has started collecting swabs from people convicted before 1997 or who hold no record for sex crimes but ...

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National “DNA warehouse” bill passes

AAPS | Passing the House of Representatives on a voice vote, S. 1858 has been sent to President Bush for signature. The Newborn Genetic Screening bill was passed by the Senate last December. The bill violates the U.S. Constitution and ...

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Use of DNA results is expanding

By Don Thompson – Associated Press | SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Thursday he is changing state policy to expand the use of DNA results, a shift he said could rekindle some cases where other leads have ...

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DNA samples taken from polygamists’ kids

By Michelle Roberts | SAN ANGELO, Texas – Using cotton swabs and cameras, lab technicians began taking DNA samples Monday from hundreds of children and mothers — wearing long, pioneer-style dresses — in hopes of sorting out the tangled family ...

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Controversial council tax database

By Tomos Livingstone | A CONTROVERSIAL database that calculates council tax bands according to features like parking space and the view from the front room is to be used in Wales. The database is run by the Valuation Office Agency, ...

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