The aim of this research is to develop forensic DNA data retention standards for the protection of public security and the individual’s right to privacy. This will be achieved by assessing the efficacy of the different retention regimes used for the England and Wales National DNA Database (NDNAD).The specific aims to achieve the overall goal of this study are:
The first part of the research will involve a statistical analysis of historical NDNAD match rate (MR) data to determine the impact of the different forensic DNA retention regimes on the performance of the NDNAD. The second part will involve a survey of staff, members or employees of 118 identified NDNAD stakeholder organisations/agencies/groups involved in the collection and processing of DNA samples, and use of the NDNAD; oversight and operation of the NDNAD; and those with a special interest in the operation/use of the NDNAD in England and Wales.
Publication currently under peer review.