DNA profiles of innocent people should be removed from the national database, a government-funded inquiry has said.
Control of the database should be taken from government and police and an independent body should be established to run it, the Citizens’ Inquiry urged.
Javed Aslam, one of the 30 members of the public on the panel, said keeping the records would be “the first step towards a totalitarian state”.
But the Home Office said the database helps to secure convictions.
The UK has the largest police DNA database in the world – with more than four million people on file.