Missing British boy’s family given new hope with DNA victory – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 19th, 2011 in data protection, DNA, human tissue, medical records, missing persons, news by tracey

“The family of a British toddler who went missing 20 years ago have won a High Court battle to have his DNA released in a new attempt to trace him.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2011

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Bogus doctor: Lewisham PCT’s Conrad De Souza jailed – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2011 in child support, DNA, doctors, fraud, impersonation, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who spent a decade pretending to be a doctor at an NHS trust in south London has been jailed for 27 months.”

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BBC News, 24th October 2011

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Man jailed for 1990s rapes – The Independent

Posted October 21st, 2011 in DNA, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“A double rapist caught nearly 20 years after his first rape was jailed for 16 years today.”

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The Independent, 21st October 2011

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Freedoms Bill may infringe on individuals’ privacy rights, Parliamentary committee says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 12th, 2011 in bills, data protection, DNA, human rights, news, police, privacy by sally

“Parts of a proposed civil rights law threaten the UK’s compliance with human rights obligations and infringe on individuals’ rights, Parliament’s Human Rights Joint Committee has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2011

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Police to track criminals whose DNA is not on database – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2011 in bills, disclosure, DNA, homicide, news, police, sexual offences by sally

“Police could take DNA samples from up to 13,000 people convicted of serious offences like murder, manslaughter and rape, whose profiles are not on record.”

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BBC News, 11th October 2011

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Big Brother or crime fighting? DNA evidence under the microscope – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 10th, 2011 in data protection, DNA, evidence, human rights, news, police by sally

“A proposal to retain DNA samples taken from people who have been arrested but not charged with a crime for up to five years has come under criticism from the Joint Committee on Human Rights.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th October 2011

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Right to private life ‘at risk’ in plan to store DNA of innocent people – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 7th, 2011 in data protection, DNA, human rights, news, police by sally

“The Home Secretary’s plan to retain the DNA of people charged but then cleared of offences may breach human rights law, a group of MPs and peers have said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2011

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NHS hospitals face DNA patent law suits – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 8th, 2011 in DNA, hospitals, news, patents by tracey

“NHS hospitals risk being taken to court and sued for millions of pounds in the future for carrying out genetic tests based on techniques patented by private companies, it was warned yesterday (Friday).”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2011

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Innocent people’s DNA profiles won’t be deleted after all, minister admits – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 26th, 2011 in data protection, DNA, human rights, news by tracey

“The DNA of more than one million innocent people will not be wiped from police records, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2011

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Ed Miliband challenges David Cameron over retention of DNA in rape cases – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2011 in DNA, news, rape by sally

“David Cameron has refused to be driven into another policy U-turn on crime after rejecting calls from Ed Miliband for DNA to be routinely retained in rape cases.”

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2011

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Serial rapist jailed indefinitely – The Independent

Posted June 10th, 2011 in DNA, fraud, news, rape, recidivists, sentencing by michael

“A serial rapist who subjected three strangers to terrifying assaults in a 10-week period was jailed indefinitely for public protection today.”

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The Independent, 10th June 2011

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Regina (GC) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Liberty and another intervening); Regina (C) v Same (Same intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted May 19th, 2011 in DNA, law reports, police, Supreme Court by tracey

Regina (GC) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Liberty and another intervening); Regina (C) v Same (Same intervening) [2011] UKSC 21;  [2011] WLR (D)  162

“The statutory discretion for the police to retain biometric data obtained from criminal suspects who were subsequently not proceeded against or were acquitted could be exercised in a rational and proportionate manner which respected and fulfilled the statutory purpose but did not involve the indefinite retention of data taken from all suspects, regardless of their age and the nature of the alleged offence, in breach of their right to privacy.”

WLR Daily, 18th May 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

DNA retention judgment won’t see discriminatory policy destroyed – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2011 in bills, DNA, news, Supreme Court by tracey

“Time for the latest instalment in the enduring battle against excessive DNA retention. We have a new supreme court judgment, almost 10 years since the law was changed, on 11 May 2001, to permit the police to hold forever the DNA of everyone arrested, irrespective of their guilt. One of the most pernicious consequences of this policy has been the massive over-representation of black people on the DNA database.”

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The Guardian, 18th May 2011

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Guidelines on DNA samples unlawful – The Independent

Posted May 18th, 2011 in DNA, fingerprints, news, police by tracey

“Police guidelines allowing forces to retain the fingerprints and DNA samples of innocent people are unlawful, a panel of leading British judges ruled today. The ruling was made by the Supreme Court in London nearly three years after the European Court of Human Rights reached a similar conclusion.”

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The Independent, 18th May 2011

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Family of Kevin Lavelle loses ‘dumbbell’ legal bid – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2011 in appeals, damages, DNA, news, professional conduct, unlawful killing by sally

“The family of a man who died in a pub fight after being attacked with an iron dumbbell have lost their latest legal bid to find his killer.”

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BBC News, 18th April 2011

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Canterbury rapist jailed after cold case DNA probe – BBC News

Posted April 15th, 2011 in DNA, forensic science, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“A Lancashire man has been jailed for life for a rape in Canterbury more than 20 years ago after latest scientific techniques helped to find a DNA match.”

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BBC News, 14th April 2011

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How Protection of Freedoms Bill will work – BBC News

“MPs are to debate the government’s Protection of Freedoms bill later, which ministers claim will protect millions of people in England and Wales ‘from unwarranted state intrusion in their private lives’.”

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BBC News, 1st March 2011

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Relaxing DNA rules could reduce rape convictions, Labour warns – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2011 in DNA, news, rape by sally

“The government is running the risk of making it more difficult to convict rapists by relaxing the rules for retaining the DNA of suspects, the shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has warned.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2011

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DNA profiles to be deleted from police database – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2011 in DNA, news, police, privacy, stop and search by sally

“Profiles of thousands of innocent people on national database will be removed as new freedoms bill scales back state intrusion.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2011

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ID cards go up in flames in first step to tackle ‘database state’ – The Independent

Posted February 10th, 2011 in criminal records, data protection, DNA, identity cards, news by sally

“Identity cards will be consigned to history today as the database recording the biometric details of thousands of people goes up in flames. Hard disk drives from the national identity register, which underpinned the ID card scheme, will be shredded and incinerated in a symbolic demonstration of efforts to rein back the ‘database state’ and restore civil liberties.”

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The Independent, 10th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk