Hi, I'm interested as to what people on this site think of DNA databases, like those currently in operation in the UK and United States.
The United Kingdom National DNA Database was set up in 1995. As of the end of 2005 it carried the profiles of around 3.4 million people, over 585,000 of them taken from children aged under 16. At the end of 2006, this figure had risen to more than 4 million records, making it the world's biggest DNA database at the time.
The database grows by over 30,000 samples each month, and since April 2004, anyone arrested in England and Wales on suspicion of involvement in any recordable offence (all except the most minor offences) has their DNA sample taken and stored in the database for 100 years, whether or not they are subsequently charged or convicted
Does this represent a threat to civil liberties, and should such a system be introduced in Ireland?[/b]