The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Digital Rights Ireland are concerned about the possibility of discrimination against those most dependent on State services and about the lack of a legislative basis or independent supervision for the card.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is seeking tenders for new facial matching software to support up to 20,000 registrations a(...)

In January a former civil servant who sold the personal details of hundreds of people was sentenced to two years in prison with the final year suspended. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/ Bloomberg

Government departments and other public bodies may face regulatory fines of up to €1 million for breaching people’s data protection rights after a Gov(...)

In some circumstances, ‘public bodies’ will be exempt from various provisions of the legislation in relation to the rights of individuals under data protection law. Photograph: iStockphoto

The Government’s plan to extend the definition of “public bodies” in new data protection legislation poses serious legal concerns and may present chil(...)

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the National Union of Journalists made submissions to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice on the General Scheme of the Communications (Data Retention) Bill 2017

Proposed legislation on the retention of phone and internet data does not comply with European Law and has “profound implications” for journalists and(...)

A woman whose pension was cut off for 18 months because she refused to register for a public services card is to have her payments restored and will be paid arrears of over €15,000. File photograph: Getty Images

A woman whose pension was cut off for 18 months because she refused to register for a public services card is to have her payments restored and will b(...)

Former chief justice John Murray: produced a damning report which draws pretty much the same conclusions about Irish law that the ECJ did about the EU directive. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s taken quite a while for the Irish Government to properly notice that, in April 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) resoundingly rejected th(...)

About 2.8 million public services cards have been issued to date

Campaigners against the UK’s abandoned national ID card scheme have said there are “massive privacy issues” around the public services card (PSC) that(...)

An example of the public services card.

The State appears to be on a “collision course” with European law over its handling of major projects involving personal data, an Oireachtas committee(...)

 Dr Dennis Jennings told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance public confidence in the data protections provided by Government systems was required before making an ID system compulsory.

The rollout of three million public services cards to citizens using out-of-date welfare legislation from a privacy perspective is “truly shocking and(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said it would  be compulsory for all passport applicants to hold a public services card. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former minister for justice in the government that decided to introduce public services cards for citizens has said he was against national identit(...)

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