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Sweden seeks to cut crime with shared DNA

The Local · 24 Mar 2011, 16:53

Published: 24 Mar 2011 16:53 GMT+01:00

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The proposed new rules would similarly give those countries access to Swedish registers.

“I am convinced that the new rules will contribute to the police being able to solve more crimes,” said justice minister Beatrice Ask in a statement.

If the Swedish police find a match in the shared database, they can then ask the relevant country to divulge the identity of the person behind the DNA or fingerprints.

European countries already exchange DNA and fingerprint profiles, but the so-called Prüm Convention on which the government is basing its proposal has created provisions allowing countries to automate the process. This means domestic police forces can look through other countries’ registers when seeking matches for evidence found at a crime scene. Under current laws, Sweden must turn to each individual country to request a database search.

The Prüm Convention, named after a German town, is a treaty with the stated aim of combating cross-border crime, terrorism and illegal migration. It was signed in 2005 by Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and Luxembourg. Six more countries have since signed up to the treaty. These are Norway, Finland, Estonia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Romania.

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If approved by Sweden’s parliament, the government wants the new rules to come into force on August 1st, 2011.

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Your comments about this article

18:39 March 24, 2011 by JulieLou40
Bloody hell, they're not content with playing Big Brother with their own residents....now they have to start on other countries, too!!
23:07 March 24, 2011 by Yoninadi
Go after the Muslims they are doing most of the crime.
07:20 March 25, 2011 by karex
This is a great idea, just like creating Interpol was a great idea. If criminals find it so easy to cross borders, police should have better ways to find them.
09:15 March 25, 2011 by HYBRED
The Wiki-Leaks dude is in trouble for sharing his DNA.
10:51 March 25, 2011 by Nemesis
This should be fun when Swedes see how similar Swedish DNA is to Polish, Estonian, Lithunaian and Latvian DNA.

Hopefully that will knock a bit of the racism out of them.

This might be a good system for all of Europe, although I believe that before such a system is even considered, that all privacy concerns should be locked down tight before it going live.
10:56 March 25, 2011 by karex

I agree with you on some points. However privacy should not be such a huge issue as things stand now. As far as I know, there is no EU country which demands that all citizens are finger-printed or submit DNA samples. From what I understand, the existing data comes from these activities performed due to arrests, so there is a criminal precedent. Perhaps the safeguards should focus on making sure that the current practices remain this way.
16:02 March 25, 2011 by IWP
The first comment is on the button. It's time the rest of the world told these dull Swedes where to go. There's no place for their fascist behaviour in the civilised, democratic and liberal western world. They are dangerous, insidious and obssessed with control and their perceived place in the world. Christ, they're a tiny obscure and unimportant nation on the finge of Europe. Time to kick their asses.
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