Hundreds of thousands of DNA profiles of innocent people are to be kept on the national DNA database for up to 12 years despite a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the "blanket and indiscriminate" retention of suspects' DNA is unlawful.
Today, the High Court ruled that the extradition of Andrew Symeou must go ahead. Andrew Symeou, a young British man accused of manslaughter, is facing extradition to Greece under a European Arrest Warrant without a British court ever considering the evidence in his case.
Liberty today welcomed former Home Secretary David Blunkett’s dismissal of the identity cards scheme. David Blunkett first put forward the idea of compulsory ID cards when he was Home Secretary in 2001 but has now withdrawn his support for the unpopular plan.
In a consultation published today, the Government accepted the massive privacy implications of a centralised database holding a record of every email, phone call and text message and confirmed that this plan has been abandoned.