Tributes for former UK biometrics commissioner
19 October 2016 15:29 GMT

UK government bodies have expressed condolences at the passing away of  Alastair MacGregor, the former biometrics commissioner.

The National DNA Database Ethics Group wrote in a statement that he had worked closely the group.

“With his penetrating intellect and sharp sense of humour, he made a major contribution to our work. He will be greatly missed by us all,” wrote the body.

Since taking the position in 2014, MacGregor made a wide-ranging impact though reports that highlighted gaps in the retention of biometric data by the UK law enforcement authorities.

Most recently in May, a report by MacGregor found that the fingerprints and DNA of at least 45 terror suspects had to be destroyed after police errors.

The report also revealed that the police now have DNA profiles of 7,800 terrorism suspects.

In June,  Professor Paul Wiles was appointed as the government's new independentBiometrics Commissioner.