DNA Databases and Innocent Persons: lessons from Scotland?

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Abstract

Evaluates the finding of the European Court of Human Rights in S v United Kingdom (30562/04) that the Scottish law approach towards the collection of DNA samples from police suspects and its retention only in the case of persons convicted of certain sexual or violent offences was preferable to the equivalent approaches to this data collection and retention in other UK jurisdictions. Assesses the extent to which the Scottish model upholds: (1) the right to privacy; (2) the presumption of innocence; and (3) the interest in not being stigmatised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-296
Number of pages12
JournalJuridical Review
Volume2010
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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