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Data Storage

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 5 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which persons outside the United Kingdom have or will have access to their national forensic databases. [HL1529]

Currently, the only access to fingerprint data by persons outside the United Kingdom is through the law enforcement entity of a sovereign state that has signed the accords and protocols of Interpol. Searches are undertaken by prior consent on a case-by-case basis and are managed by the UK National Central Bureau (UK NCB) of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

There are many initiatives to share DNA information internationally. However, no person or organisation outside the UK has, or will have, access to the National DNA Database (NDNAD). Any requests for information have to be processed by staff in the UK and disclosure is governed by strict guidelines.

The advent of the Schengen acquis and the PrĂ¼m Treaty may, in due time, allow further access. However, these interfaces are yet to be defined.