Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that West Mercia Police (the force that covers Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire) has captured and stored the DNA profiles of over 19,000 teenagers in the region. The profiles are being kept whether the youngsters have committed a crime or not. This comes to light after a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights stated that stockpiling DNA of innocent people is illegal. This is a common practice across the UK, and highlights the erosion of liberties and the growing ‘surveillance society’ that the government has created.
In Britain we have an estimated 4 million CCTV cameras, and the average citizen is caught on camera more than 300 times a day. The police have the largest DNA database in the world. Emails, text messages and phone conversations are now stored and kept for monitoring and local authorities are using anti-terror legislation to spy on local tenants. We are told that these Orwellian measures are taken to prevent crime and to keep us safe, yet crime continues to rise with more people being added to Britain’s 84,000+ prison population (the highest per head in Europe). Something clearly isn’t working!