Thought I’d give you a quick round up of where we are with the Public Services Card scheme. Because these things go in months or years long arcs, it can be helpful to take stock. #PSC
The #PSC project sees the Dept of Social Protection (DEASP) acting as joint Data Controller with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) over a database of citizen’s identity, called the Single Customer View.
The PSC is the card attached to that database.
At some point in the past, DPER decided it wanted a single ID card and database which would be used throughout the public service to gain access to services- and they preferred to call it a “Public Services Card”, instead of, you know, an ID Card.
Today’s Sunday Times (um, [insert link to print paper]) reports that the DPC’s #PSC investigation report has found @welfare_ie’s claimed legislative power
“does not provide a sound legal basis to compel people to have a card to access other public services”
As the state cannot rely on consent (as any consent could not meet the requirement for being freely given, given the power imbalance), this- if it stands- would mean that all of the processing done without another legal basis would be in breach.
I gave evidence to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection on 8th February this year, trying to warn of this self inflicted crisis.
I have blocked the Senator, previously. But this statement- attempting to defend a Bishop’s earlier statement by asserting not all unwanted sex is rape- is sufficiently telling to be worth spreading, as an example of why registering to vote is worthwhile.
This was the Bishop’s contribution to public discourse.
Bishops gonna bishop. But as an NUI Senator, Senator Mullen is taken to represent me (an NUI grad). I’d prefer it it were otherwise.
Neither the Minister for Employment and Social Protection, nor- it seems- the Secretary General of the Department appear to know what Biometric Data is.
This is concerning as the Dept is the largest processor of biometric data in the State, thanks to the #PSC card database.
What we can infer is that the Depts new Data Protection Officer (whoever she or he is) *does* know the definition of Biometric Data and so they put it in the Privacy Notice that they were processing it.
(That’s a thing you have to do now, per GDPR)
We know the Minister has asserted that the Dept of Employment and Social Protection doesn’t collect biometric data. At all. (Small video of just the most recent of those statements)
The Government has just lost on an amendment in Seanad proposed by @aliceeire to Data Protection Bill. They've called for a walk through vote. The amendment would limit the powers of Ministers to act, by ensuring doing so would only be where it was necessary and proportionate
Nope, reversed after a whip around of extra senators by the Gov side, and with the casting vote of the Chair.