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Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

David Pollard

When DNA profiling was introduced, the original statute allowed its use only for checking crime stains against potential suspects. So called 'DNA trawling' and familial matches were not allowed; and the data was to be discarded as soon as comparisons had been made. However, shortly after its introduction an apparently innocuous act was passed which modified the regulations to allow records to be kept "for statistical purposes". Beyond the promoters, few MPs would have noticed.

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