Is The ‘Public Service Card’ Legal?

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From top: Paschal Donohoe, then Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, launches the Public Services Card (PSC) in 2016; Oireachtas justice committee, Anna Morgan and Jennifer O’Sullivan, of the Data Protection Commission; and Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly

This morning.

Members of the Data Protection Commission are appearing before the Oireachtas justice committee which includes Independents 4 Change TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly.

In January the Department of Employment and Social Protection refused to release information with regard to the an investigation by the DPC into the legality of the public services card.

The request for the information was made by the the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

Instead, the DPC confirmed to The Irish Times that the DPC doesn’t intend to publish its report in full.

This morning, the DPC told the committee they will publish final report with the department’s permission.

But the department has previously said it will not publish the report without the DPC’s permission.

In addition, asked if the DPC agrees with Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina saying the Public Services Card doesn’t involve biometric data processing, the DPC representatives said they couldn’t comment.

Lawyer Elizabeth Farries, of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, has been following this morning’s meeting and has said she’s disappointed with the answers given by the DPC members in response to certain questions.

Elizabeth tweetz:

Previously: ‘A Matter Of Urgent Importance’

4 thoughts on “Is The ‘Public Service Card’ Legal?

  1. LeopoldGloom

    Surely any publicly funded burning of money is legal, because this lot sure love to do it.

  2. eoin

    Isn’t the Data Protection Commission always spouting on about how independent it is from government? And here it is saying today its own report on the PSC can’t be published without permission from the Department. Notwithstanding this apology below that was recently given by the Irish Times (not available online) to the boss at the DPC, she should consider her position.

    https://twitter.com/marktigheST/status/1111209170127196160

  3. Gabby

    I sure do like the ice cream cone and cherry blossom icons in the advertisement. I wouldn’t attend the event for anything else.

  4. curmudgeon

    Data Protection Commission proclaims themselves as independent but can’t release report without permission. Hmm.

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