DNA retention after arrest: balancing privacy interests and protection

Tseloni, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-6443-7012 and Pease, K., 2011. DNA retention after arrest: balancing privacy interests and protection. European Journal of Criminology, 8 (1), pp. 32-47.

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The S & Marper judgement of the European Court of Human Rights addresses the question of DNA profile retention in the absence of conviction or admission of guilt. It casts the problem as a question of balancing the principles of individual privacy and public protection. In the Court's view there is a level of public protection conferred by retention of DNA from arrestees against whom no further action is taken which would justify retention, yet relevant data do not exist to determine the level of public protection gained by such retention. A pilot study is reported here showing that a group against whom arrest is followed by no further action exhibits levels of subsequent criminality (measured by frequency, latency and most severe outcome) similar to those of people officially processed by sentence or caution. Survival and count regression analyses suggest statistical approaches to be taken using larger and better samples. A research programme is outlined which would allow evidence-based policy on DNA profile retention.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Criminology
Creators: Tseloni, A. and Pease, K.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2011
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Rights: Copyright 2011 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:10
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:21
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8889

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