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CLIP 8463

The national DNA database - legal or illegal?

The national DNA database - legal or illegal?

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Key Info
  • The national DNA database - legal or illegal?
  • Duration: 2:10
  • An investigation of the controversy surrounding the legality of the national DNA database and plans to change the current laws regarding how long personal details can be retained. Critics raise questions about the storing of the DNA profiles of thousands of children and adults on a national DNA database - even though they have not been convicted of a crime. According to the Court of Human Rights this is illegal, resulting in major changes to the law which must protect the privacy of innocent people but also allow for criminal investigation. This clip was first published on BBC News Online on 15 June 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    ICT and Computing


    Legal Framework

  • Keywords: law, FOI, citizenship, crime, police, society, records, opinions
Ideas for use in class
  • In conjunction with other material relating to how databases are used as well as to support information about ICT laws such as the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Discuss/debate students' viewpoints on whether they think it is legal or illegal to hold individuals' DNA data and their reasons for and against.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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