Government defeat on DNA database

Government defeat on DNA database

The government has been defeated in the House of Lords over the issue of keeping people’s DNA and fingerprints on the police national database.

Peers backed a Tory amendment calling for specific guidelines to help people seeking to have their details removed from the database by 161 votes to 150

But ministers are unlikely to redraft the legislation, arguing that existing public safeguards will be sufficient.

The defeat is the latest inflicted by peers on the counter-terrorism bill.

The debate can be found here.

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