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The Law Commission is reviewing the law on how Police use DNA when they investigate criminal offending:  when can they obtain someone’s DNA, what information are they allowed to obtain from that DNA and what can they do with the DNA and the information afterwards? We want your help to come up with ideas for improving the law to help Police better investigate crime and to better protect people’s rights.

In what situations and for what kinds of offences should the police be able to obtain DNA samples from people?

How long do you think police should be able to keep people’s DNA samples and/or profiles?

Do you think the police should be able to carry out familial searching (i.e. using the Databanks to identify close matches / family members of people on the Databanks who they then investigate)?
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Should ESR be able to analyse DNA samples that are found at crime scenes to find out the likely ethnicity or other genetic characteristics of the DNA owner?
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Should organisations other than the police be able to use information from the National DNA Databanks?
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Around March 2018 the Law Commission will publish an Issues Paper setting out the main problems with how the law currently deals with using DNA in criminal investigations. This paper will also offer some ideas for change, and seek feedback from the public.

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of this Issues Paper or more information about the project, please give us with your contact details. (Check out our privacy policy - what happens to your information).

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