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Perceptions of Science-Just because we can do it-should we? M3 On April 1995 the world's first National DNA Database came in operation and was called the biggest breakthrough in the fight against crime since fingerprints by Home secretary Michael Howard, this would have had a positive effect on society as those people who had committed crimes would have more of a chance being caught and it would prevent more people from committing crimes. In 1996, the criminal procedure and investigations Act widened the power of the police to search profiles gained across the UK this included Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, this would have had a positive effect on society as the wider the NDNA database is used across a country the more chance of fight against crime, the more likely criminals are caught and more people would stop committing crimes and criminals can be caught quicker. ...read more.


Bill, Home Secretary Jack Straw said, this would have a positive effect in society as this would enable the police in stopping criminals committing crimes and the police would have a record making it easy to identify criminals. In 2003, The criminal Justice Act 2003 extended police powers once again to allow DNA profiles, fingerprints and other information to be taken without permission from anyone arrested in England or Wales on suspicion of any recordable offence, this includes all but the most smallest offences. The new legislation allows the police to keep this information for a long time even if the person arrested is never charged, this has a positive effect on society as the broader the list of people in the world on the NDND the more chance of fight against crime and the faster it is to catch criminals but on the other hand it can also have a negative effect on society as the police will have personal information of people and their family life without their permission. ...read more.


In July 2008, the ethics group, a government appointed advisory body says police should be stopped from putting DNA samples taken from innocent volunteers on to the database and innocent people should have their profiles deleted from the National DNA database the government citizens inquiry says, this has a positive effect on society as the personal information of innocent people cannot be accessed, the personal information of innocent people cannot be invaded and cannot be tampered with. On March 2009, Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne calls down the decision to store a baby's DNA on the national database as wrong, this has a positive effect on society as it will prevent the police accessing personal information from innocent people. Information for this assignment was gathered from the following sources: The Telegraph Gene Watch UK ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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