EU members agree to exchange DNA profiles

26th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 May 2005, BRUSSELS - Seven EU members including Germany agreed on Thursday to exchange DNA profiles saved in individual databases to increase cooperation against crime.

26 May 2005

BRUSSELS - Seven EU members including Germany agreed on Thursday to exchange DNA profiles saved in individual databases to increase cooperation against crime.

In addition, a treaty which foresees cross-border access to data on vehicles and the exchange of personnel data on suspected terrorists and football hooligans is to be signed in Pruem, Germany, on Friday.

Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, France and Spain will be involved in the exchange.

According to EU diplomats in Brussels, the treaty will allow the other country to inspect national data banks via so-called 'contact points'.

Access will help determine whether a DNA profile found at a crime scene has already been saved in another country.

A suspect's identity will be revealed only once a formal legal request has been made. The procedure will apply to ordinary fingerprints as well as 'genetic fingerprints'.

DPA

Subject: German news

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