Ruling sought on retention of DNA samples

The North’s High Court of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether the retention of DNA samples, fingerprints and photos of a 14-year-old boy on a police database infringed the boy’s right to privacy.

26th February, 2011

The North’s High Court of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether the retention of DNA samples, fingerprints and photos of a 14-year-old boy on a police database infringed the boy’s right to privacy.

When the unnamed boy was arrested for a burglary offence in 2008, police took his photograph and fingerprints, and two DNA samples. Although he was not charged, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said...

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