Thousands of DNA samples taken from criminals have been filed under the names of innocent people, it was revealed yesterday.
There are 550,000 false, misspelt or incorrect names on the Government's vast DNA database, which contains more than 4million samples.
That means one in every eight records is thought to be inaccurate.
Most alarming is the revelation that many criminals are using other people's names if they are caught.
Home Office Minister Meg Hillier gave the example of somebody who was arrested, and gave their sister's name.
"That data would be on the database," she told MPs.
Politicians are worried that people could be charged with crimes they have not committed if DNA belonging to a criminal who gave their name later turned up at a crime scene.
It was stressed that innocent people could provide an authentic sample of their own DNA to prove it did not match.
However, they would still be forced to undergo the stress and humiliation of a criminal investigation.
Presumably, the police could easily verify someone's identity, simply by searching them. After all, they managed it when they arrested Euan Blair.
But, in over half a million cases, they simply haven't bothered, but have stored the DNA, without knowing for sure whether it actually belongs to the person they think it does.And some among us want to give these idiots a database containing the DNA of every man, woman, and child in this country! Still, we shouldn't be too worried: on the basis of this showing, the Plods would struggle to organise a piss-up in a brewery, let alone a DDR-style police state...
Hat-tip: House of Dumb