Paschal Donohoe, then Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, launches the Public Services Card (PSC) in 2016
It’s all the rage.
Elaine Edwards, in The Irish Times, reports:
“…Details of the new contract, published on the eTenders website on Thursday, reveal the €9.41 million contract for the cards was awarded to DLRS Ltd, a company owned by Smurfit Kappa and Idemia, formerly known as Morpho.
The consortium is trading as Security Card Concepts was called Biometric Card Services Ltd a month ago.
“Idemia, the Dutch company, says it offers services including “augmented identity” products that rely on “the most physical, natural and authentic verification: the body’s own biometric data”.
“data concerning health and biometric data used for the purpose of identification and at times, information concerning trade union membership. We acknowledge that we can also collect, indirectly, data in relation to the religious beliefs and sexual orientation of our customers.”