I Am Not A Number, I Am A Free Man


Public Services Card; from the Digital Rights Ireland’s website

Ciannan Brennan, in the Irish Examiner, reports:

A digital rights advocacy body is to bring the country’s first “mass action” against the State regarding alleged infringements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the case of the Public Services Card (PSC).

Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) has launched its #no2psc campaign, which will see the group make a complaint to the Data Protection Commissioner on behalf of citizens that cardholders’ rights have been breached en masse under GDPR.

In order to sign up for the action, people who either have or have had a PSC can give their details, including PSC number, via DRI’s campaign portal online. They also must give their PSC number.

Rights group to bring ‘mass action’ against State over PSC (Ciannan Brennan, The Irish Examiner)

#No2PSC (Digital Rights Ireland)

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10 thoughts on “I Am Not A Number, I Am A Free Man

      1. millie vanilly strikes again

        What an good little spam artist you are! I’m sure the point you’re *attempting* to make seemed dreadfully clever in your head.

  1. Cian

    This is interesting. They are breaking the law.

    Personal public service number.262
    (9) A person, […] who uses a personal public service number or seeks to have a personal public service number disclosed to him or her is guilty of an offence.
    262A (2) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable
    (a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €1,500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to both, or
    (b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €25,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years, or to both.

    1. Joe Small

      I understand landlords sometimes ask for it. Surely there are exceptions for employers, etc.? Does DRI’s “Letter of Mandate” have any legal standing? Its not widely used in Ireland.

      “The Public Services Card is illegal” No, its not. The Data Protection Commissioner doesn’t even think so. That’s just lazy.

      1. Cian

        Landlords can (and should) ask for your PPSN.

        It is illegal for your landlords to ask for your PSC number (i.e. the card number)

    2. GiggidyGoo

      If an action is being taken by a solicitor which refers to a person bringing an action about the PSC, at some stage that person, during the action, will have the PSC number quoted into the record of the court.

      However, on the website above they do not ask you for the number, but suggest ‘Including your PSC number helps us substantiate you as a claimant.’

      They haven’t stated specifically either that they will ‘use’ it.

      They are not seeking disclosure. Neither mandatory, nor compulsory so to say.

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