The introduction of a compulsory national DNA database has been ruled out on ethical and legal grounds, the Home Office said today.
Oh, thank fuck for that. The Brits can't hang onto anything private any better than a gossipy neighbour on truth serum in a confessional hooked to a polygraph.
Britain already has, per capita, the largest forensic DNA database in the world. Approximately 4m samples, or 6% of the population are registered on it.