UK police want post-Brexit access to EU biometric database
06 July 2016 15:30 GMT

The head of London's Metropolitan Police Service has sought assurances from political officials that the UK police will still have access to European biometric and DNA databases following the country’s decision to leave the European Union.

Speaking to the London Assembly, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Met commissioner, said he wants Europol crime-info sharing, European Arrest Warrant scheme & DNA profile exchange to continue post-Brexit.

That would mean that the UK keeps access to Europol/Interpol, and all arrest warrant and biometric  database despite not being politically tied to the continent.

Just days before the UK’s referendum on EU membership, on 23 June, the country’s Britain’s Home Office announced on Thursday that a new biometrics commission will take over the role from Alastair MacGregor QC.

Professor Paul Wiles, governor of Sheffield Hallam University, will assume a position that involves a wide range of responsibilities in terms of biometric data oversight. Professor Wiles has worked as an academic criminologist at a number of universities, and alongside his governorship he is currently a trustee of the National Centre for Social Research.

In his role, MacGregor was an outspoken critic of how the UK police has managed storage and sharing of biometric data.

MacGregor had consistently criticised the storage methods, enrolment and other practises of the UK police in gathering biometric data –saying this had potentially impacted on privacy, and most recently, national security.

In late May, Britain’s biometric commissioner said that delays in police procedure have led to the deletion of biometric records held on at least 100 potential terror suspects.