February 9th, 2011
(DailyMail) – Police will be banned from routinely storing the DNA of innocent people in a significant scaling back of state powers.
There will also be a dramatic curtailment of the 1,200 powers that currently allow authorities to enter an individual’s home.
The measures will join the crackdown on wheel-clampers in Friday’s Protection of Freedoms Bill – along with tighter regulation of CCTV cameras and council snooping.
Under controversial laws introduced by Labour, police can indefinitely store the DNA of anybody arrested for a crime – regardless of whether they are ever charged.
As a result, there are an astonishing 1.1million innocent citizens stored on the vast ‘Big Brother-style’ database.