The Irish Data Protection Commission has ordered the Department of Social Protection to stop all processing of the personal information of 3.2 million citizens in connection to its issuance of Public Services Cards, where PSCs are issued solely for individual transactions with other public bodies. The DPC found there is no legal basis for State agencies to require citizens to have a PSC to access services, such as renewing a driver’s license or obtaining a passport. The Irish Times reports Commissioner Dixon anticipates her report will give rise to public questions about the PSC card. The Fianna Fáil party has called on the DPC to release all its findings from the investigation.
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