Britain's Brave New World

A British judge says that every British citizen and visitor to the island nation should be added to the national DNA database.

Sedley said he was aware his idea would be viewed as a dangerous breach of civil liberties.

"It is authoritarian measure to the extent that it demands people depart with some further measure of their autonomy and privacy and it has to be justified," he added.

Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said there were no plans to make the database compulsory for all residents and visitors for the foreseeable future.

"But no-one ever says never," he told BBC radio.

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