The complex relationship between the police, the National DNA
Database Unit and the forensic service has left the UK's
DNA database with at least 100,000 erroneous
records, The Register reveals.
Which makes the NDNAD Unit's admission in its annual report today that
between 1995 and 2005 it failed to load 26,200 records to the DNA
database because of errors sound trifling. 183 crimes went undetected as a
result of this failure.
90 per cent of these 26,200 “load failures” only occurred after
the NDNAD was linked the Police National Computer (PNC)
in 2001. After the link was created, new NDNAD records were routinely checked
against the PNC and if they were found to be
erroneous, were rejected.
But prior to 2001, most erroneous records were not being picked up and so
were inputted direct onto the NDNAD, and are still there today, a spokesman for
the NDNAD Unit admitted today.
“There's in the order of 100,000 unreconciled records now,” said
“We don't actually know,” he said when asked exactly how many
erroneous entries the database contains.
It would have been more accurate for the NDNAD to say in its report today
that between 1995 and 2005 approximately it tried to load 126,200 erroneous
records onto the database, of which only 26,200 were stopped by the system.
The revelation also makes a mockery of the Home Office's claim today that
the problem had been cleaned up already. “Swift action was taken to
resolve the situation and by January 2006 all the profiles had been
investigated and subsequently loaded or otherwise resolved,” it said in a
But they weren't and
they are still on the NDNAD.
So the NDNAD is in a mess, up to 100,000 peoples lives and
job prospects may have been ruined, no-one has fixed the problem, and the Home
Office has lied about it.
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