Friday, August 17, 2007

And the War on Privacy(tm) continues

I don't know how many times I have to say it. Orwell lacked imagination.
What amazes me about my second adopted country is that people seem to take this in stride, instead of taking the bastards out for tar and feather parties.

Police want DNA collection superpowers | The Register
Police in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales are seeking to extend their already world-beating powers to collect and store DNA samples from the general population. Current powers allow the coppers to collect samples, which are digitised and stored permanently, from anyone arrested on suspicion of, but not neccesarily charged with, a recordable offence. This is normally an offence that would qualify for a custodial sentence. But now they want to be able to snoop the genetic make-up of those arrested for non-recordable offences, such as dropping litter or speeding.

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