customs officials and immigration officers would have the power to take DNA samples without a passenger’s consent, the Home Office confirmed

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Terror laws: customs officials could take passengers’ DNA

Passengers could be forced to provide fingerprints and DNA samples against their will as they pass through airports, under planned changes to anti-terror laws.

Theresa May is considering scaling back terror checks at Britain’s borders.
Almost 70,000 passengers were stopped and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act last year Photo: PA

By Tim Ross, Political Correspondent

For the first time, customs officials and immigration officers would have the power to take mouth swabs or hair samples without a passenger’s consent, the Home Office confirmed.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is proposing to reform existing powers that police and immigration officers have to stop and search anyone entering the UK, regardless of whether they are suspected terrorists.

The government conceded that there were concerns that the sweeping powers were being…

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