Trust us - we are the government - DNA database #fail
England has turned into one of the least privacy friendly governments. It is a poster child for being overly invasive - with the usual unsupported claims that is is necessary to fight crime - and the position that governments and police forces can be trusted to be discrete and do the right thing. But of course, when the official culture is one of invasiveness - the 'right thing' is a moving target. Case in point: Boing Boing reports that a UK inquiry claims the police routinely arrest people they haveo intent of charging solely to get their DNA into their database.