Thursday, 24 April 2014

Czech police to shred part of DNA database

13 September 2012

Prague, Sept 12 (CTK) - The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU) has ordered the shredding of some data from the National Crime database of DNA Profiles whose storage does not reflect the gravity of a crime, UOOZ head Igor Nemec said Wednesday.

Nemec said the database should not include the data on persons driving without the relevant documents or whose criminal prosecution was suspended.

"It was ordered to shred all the data in the database that do not correspond with the given criteria," Nemec said.

The police have voiced objections to the decision.

In the spring, the UOOZ imposed a fine of 10,000 crowns on the police authority as it wants to keep the DNA on perpetrators irrespective of the gravity of their crimes.

Nemec said the fine had been imposed as the police failed to remedy the situation.

As the police disagree with the decision, a court will decide on the dispute.

The police say they checked the necessity of having the perpetrators's DNA profiles stored in the databases, while those that did not correspond with the law were withdrawn.

According to the information from October 2011, the national DNA database includes 77,000 genetic profiles, 64,000 of which relate to the accused and convicted persons, while 13,000 DNA profiles are from the places of uncleared criminal acts.

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