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Details of innocent people are still being held on DNA database

Details of innocent people are still being held on DNA database

The Government is failing to delete innocent people from Britain’s vast DNA database, according to figures released today which shows that nearly 70,000 under-16s have now had their genetic fingerprints recorded.

A report compiled by civil liberties campaigners concludes that the current system for retaining DNA remains “uncertain and illiberal”, despite assurances from the Government that the profiles of people found to be innocent would be deleted.

Through a series of Freedom of Information requests, researchers at Big Brother Watch asked Britain’s police forces to detail how many DNA profiles they had collected and whether any had been deleted because a person was subsequently not charged.

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Jerome Taylor | The Independent | 05 June 2012

Britain fighting to water down EU green energy targets

Documents obtained by campaigners show that officials are fighting the introduction of tough new targets on renewable energy use and reducing waste.

They are also trying to make the European Union proposals voluntary rather than mandatory.

Green groups say the papers, obtained under Freedom of Information laws, show that ministers have given in to industry lobbying despite their pledge to create the “greenest government ever”.

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The Telegraph | 04th June 2012

Facebook-linked crime ‘every 40 minutes’

Data released under freedom of information laws showed that officers logged 12,300 alleged offences involving the popular social networking site.

Investigations of murder, rape, child sex offfences, assault, kidnap, death threats, witness intimidation and fraud made reference to the site, according to data obtained by a newspaper. The vast majority involved alleged harrassment or intimidation by cyber-bullies.

The details came from information supplied by around half of police forces in England and Wales about when Facebook was recorded in crime reports.

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The Telegraph | 5th June 2012

Tens of thousands of youngsters stopped and searched by GMP over last five years, new figures reveal

The number of under-18s stopped and searched by the Greater Manchester Police amounts to tens of thousands a year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

In total, 99,536 people under the age of 18 were stopped and searched over the last five years – the reasons for which include suspected possession of drugs, weapons, or stolen goods – and only 6,771 were then arrested.

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Charlie Bennett | Mancunian Matters | 4th June 2012

Middlesbrough Football Club safety fears revealed in letters

LETTERS sent between town hall officials and Middlesbrough Football Club revealed crowd safety issues at the Riverside Stadium.

The correspondence, obtained by the Sunday Sun under the Freedom of Information Act, discloses official concerns about the South East corner of the ground.

Middlesbrough Council’s safety advisory group, responsible for issuing the safety certificate that allows the ground to host games, identified problems during the 2010/11 season.

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Andrew Glover | The Sunday Sun | 3rd June 2012

Public release of Japan death penalty paperwork answers some questions on process

The administrative procedures that take place between a death sentence and execution in Japan have been revealed through a freedom-of-information request filed by the Mainichi.

The Ministry of Justice handed the Mainichi 282 pages of documents relating to the execution of 12 inmates since 2009, marking the first time that the steps surrounding an execution have been made public. However, 147 of the pages — more than half — were completely blacked out.

The signing of an execution order by the justice minister is a concept that the public has come to understand as protocol through media reports, but according to the newly disclosed information, the justice minister does not sign execution orders. Rather, he or she signs another type of document titled “assessment results of the execution case.”

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The Mainichi Daily News | 1st June 2012

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