DNA founder attacks database

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys told the BBC’s World at One programme that the database’s expansion left some people unfairly branded as criminals.

His work led to the creation of the DNA database, which holds records of almost all those arrested – convicted or not.

The Home Office says it is reforming the database after a European ruling.

The DNA profiles of everyone arrested for a recordable offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are kept on the database, regardless of whether they are charged or convicted. At present there are about 4.5m profiles on the database.

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