Nothing to hide, nothing to fear? Not quite…

Earlier this week, Alan Johnson performed his latest u-turn and announced his intention to retain the DNA of innocent people on the DNA database for six years, on the grounds that doing otherwise might "undermine" crime detection.

DNA database Today we find a story that exemplifies why the Home Secretary has got his priorities the wrong way round.

A city lawyer and mother-of-three was fired from her £150,000-a-year job earlier this month after a routine background clearance check revealed her DNA was held on the national database.

The kicker is that the DNA record exists due to a false allegation made against her.

And what's more, that allegation was made because someone suspected her of forging a signature on an application form to a nursery – an offence which certainly didn't warrant the fingerprinting and DNA swabbing she had to consent to. 

So, in the future, if someone should blurt out the truism 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear', remind them of Lorraine Elliott – the high-flying lawyer who now works as a stable hand.

By Dylan Sharpe