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Europe Data Protection Digest | Commission Calls for Timely Destruction of DNA Profiles Related reading: Roundup: Germany, Israel, Ireland, US and more

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The Irish Human Rights Commission says DNA profiles should be destroyed as soon as reasonably possible in cases where a person is not being charged with a crime or is acquitted, The Irish Times reports. The commission yesterday made a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights. The proposed DNA database bill would allow for the collection of volunteer samples in criminal investigations, with a default destruction period of 10 years for adults and five years for children and "protected persons" deemed vulnerable. But the commission has concerns that a volunteer could be asked to allow the sample to be retained even without suspicion or conviction of a criminal offence, among others.
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