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Drunk Driver’s Privacy Rights Violated, Human Rights Court Rules

Feb. 13, 2020, 10:21 AM

Northern Ireland police violated the privacy rights of a convicted drunk driver when they held on to his DNA profile indefinitely, the top European human rights tribunal said, in a ruling reining in the powers of authorities to store vast amounts of data on citizens.

While Northern Irish police agreed to destroy the DNA sample taken from Fergus Gaughran after his 2008 arrest, their decision to retain his DNA profile was wrong given most European countries had time limits on storing such personal information, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday.

“The applicant’s biometric data and photographs had...

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