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August 4 2015

Foreign Criminals' Data Taken Off Police Records

"Thousands of foreign criminals who have been convicted of offences outside England and Wales have had their DNA profiles and fingerprint details deleted from British police databases. Alastair MacGregor QC, the biometrics commissioner, has warned the Home Office that this ""obviously unsatisfactory state of affairs"" might be putting the public at unnecessary risk. The commissioner says there is a gap in the law as a result of new rules designed to remove DNA profiles and fingerprints of innocent people from the police national computer. This gap means the biometric details of those arrested but not charged with an offence in Britain cannot be held indefinitely solely because they have been convicted of an offence outside England and Wales."