Two guys from Yorkshire have just given Jacqui Smith and Labour a right bloody nose with help from the European Court.
The judges ruled the retention of the men's DNA "failed to strike a fair balance between the competing public and private interests," and that the UK government "had overstepped any acceptable margin of appreciation in this regard".
The court also ruled "the retention in question constituted a disproportionate interference with the applicants' right to respect for private life and could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society".
Great work, lads.
UPDATE: I suppose we should have expected it from the psychotically deluded Jacqui Smith, she's just going to ignore the EU on this one.
Home secretary Jacqui Smith said: "The existing law will remain in place while we carefully consider the judgement." In April the Home Office committed itself to a consultation on DNA and fingerprint retention powers following today's ruling, regardless of the outcome.
Labour have enthusiastically toadied to every ludicrous anti-freedom measure that emanates from the EU, in many cases going far further than the guidelines advise. Yet in this case, fingers in the ears and a loud chorus of 'lalalala'. They really are horrendous human beings aren't they?