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Family doctors are concerned that the “total confidentiality” of GP consultations could be under threat from a major NHS data scheme which will see confidential patient records stored in a national database.

Ed Miliband urges PM to ditch DNA plan

David Cameron was urged today to ditch plans to "prevent" police from holding the DNA of rape suspects who are arrested but not charged.

Forces children feel the strain

Armed services children are struggling to fulfil their potential in school and many suffer emotionally when a parent is sent to a trouble spot, inspectors have warned. They also have to repeat topics as they move from school to school, which can be frustrating, the inspectors said.

How do US special forces know they have their man?

For any elite special forces squad trained to hunt and liquidate its enemies the ability to kill with cold precision is only one of a number of skill sets that such a team must learn. Once your target is down, for instance, how do you ensure that you have your man?

Police say missing schoolboy is 'most likely' dead

Police have stopped looking for a schoolboy who disappeared more than nine years ago after concluding he is now probably dead.

Rape case prompts dating site to begin screening for sex offenders

The dating website match.com has been forced to begin checking its clients against criminal databases after being sued by a Californian woman who claimed to have been raped by a convicted sex attacker she met on the site.

Police confirm the identity of second body in O'Callaghan case

Becky Godden-Edwards's family were yesterday coming to terms with the news they had been dreading for several years, as detectives investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan confirmed a second body was Becky's.

Sian police name second victim

The family of a woman whose remains were discovered by detectives investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan today spoke of their devastation over the death of their "beautiful daughter".

Adult industry enraged as 'Porn Wikileaks' gives stars' real names

Erotic stars such as Jenna Jameson, her male counterpart Seymore Butts and Charlie Sheen's latest inamorata, 24-year-old blonde former centrefold Bree Olson, are all so mainstream that their lives are detailed in Wikipedia.

DNA blunder let Night Stalker continue

Delroy Grant should have been stopped in his tracks when the spotlight fell on him in 1999, it can be revealed today.

The secret life of animals

The Smithsonian's database of thousands of 'candid camera' shots gives a fascinating insight into wild behaviour

Leading article: A victory for civil liberties – and a challenge for Labour

Will the new leader, Ed Miliband, attempt to defend the indefensible?

ID cards go up in flames in first step to tackle 'database state'

Identity cards will be consigned to history today as the database recording the biometric details of thousands of people goes up in flames. Hard disk drives from the national identity register, which underpinned the ID card scheme, will be shredded and incinerated in a symbolic demonstration of efforts to rein back the "database state" and restore civil liberties.

Stolen Degas returned to France after 37 years

Ownership of tiny Impressionist masterpiece was written in code on reverse, but hidden by frame

'Kiss and tell' policy dumped

Maryrose Fison: A fraudster warning is all very well, but useless if we can't understand it

Another week and yet another Ponzi scheme has come to light.

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