An Orwellian hell is not on the cards

Data protection and data privacy are important issues, but concerns about the public services card are overblown

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Elaine Byrne

3rd September, 2017

One newspaper during the week declared the matter a “crisis”.

Without warning, Ireland had slipped down the dystopian slope to embrace the Orwellian nightmare of 1984, a world of ubiquitous government surveillance. Media outlets “revealed” that the number of state agencies that could now access our personal information was in the hundreds. At any moment now, by stealth, the public service card would morph into a compulsory national identity card. The tyranny of...

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