Tuesday October 20, 2020

Citizens suing jobs minister over ‘biometric profile’ data

In a groundbreaking case, 30 plaintiffs claim the government’s use of Public Services Card data breached privacy laws

12th July, 2020
The Minister for Employment and Social Affairs is being sued by multiple Irish citizens over the Public Services Card. Picture: Rollingnews

The Minister for Employment and Social Affairs is being sued by multiple Irish citizens over the controversial Public Services Card (PSC), in the first case of its kind.

More than 30 plaintiffs are claiming that they were unaware that their PSC data was being used to create a “biometric profile” to identify them.

They claim that the collection and retention of their PSC biometric data amounts to “illegal processing” and is a breach of...

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