It does not matter if you are a young child who has not engaged in any criminal activity whatsoever. The police would like a DNA sample for their data base:

“Police have the DNA of more than 3,000 children in Derbyshire on a database – whether or not they have been convicted of a crime.

…A spokesman said: “The Government has concluded that any intrusion on personal privacy is both necessary and proportionate to the benefits for victims of crime and society generally in terms of detecting crime and protecting the public against criminals.”

link: Cops Are Storing the DNA of 3,000 Children

It is obvious that the approach is one wherein security trumps privacy. It matters not whether an individual, such a child, has an exemplary record. The authorities want a DNA record. – The subtle shift is the paradigm is ‘prove your innocence’. And, as DNA science becomes more and more sophisticated, the DNA records will reveal significant intimate personal information, such as future health problems, possible birth defects of offsprings, similarity to profiles of known criminals and the list goes on…

Catherine Forsythe
Director of Operations

[tags]dna testing, data base, privacy, security, children[/tags]