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Privacy, human rights and the Law

7:00pm, Tuesday 15 December 2009, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Current policy and practice concerning the national DNA database have thrown into sharp relief the relationship between the individual and the state. How important is privacy in our lives today, and does the ‘surveillance state’ pose a threat to it? Does the retention of our DNA profiles represent an invasion of our privacy, or even undermine the principle that we are innocent until proven guilty? Should the principle of consent bow before the practical gains for the prevention and detection of crime? John Fitzpatrick assesses the recent contribution made by the law, and human rights law in particular, to these issues.


John Fitzpatrick is professor of law and director of the Kent Law Clinic, University of Kent at Canterbury


Don’t take away the modern copper’s toolkit, The Times, 25 Nov 2009
Alan Johnson’s dilemma is unbalanced, The Guardian Comment is Free, 25 Nov 2009
Queen’s speech 2009: crime and security bill, Guardian, 18 Nov 2009
Six-year limit on DNA of innocent, BBC News, 11 Nov 2009
Enough poison about the Human Rights Act. It is Churchill’s legacy, Guardian Comment is Free, 4 Oct 2008
Why human rights are wrong, spiked, Dec 2008