Department yet to reply to Public Services Card info request

Department yet to reply to Public Services Card info request

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has yet to reply to a request by the data protection commissioner for “certain information” regarding the new National Childcare Scheme and the Public Services Card, despite that request being made nearly two weeks ago.

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High-ranking civil servant 'made zero effort to answer committee's questions on Public Services Card' - PAC chair

High-ranking civil servant 'made zero effort to answer committee's questions on Public Services Card' - PAC chair

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has criticised one of the country’s most senior civil servants for making “zero effort to answer the questions” posed by the committee regarding the Public Services Card.

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PSC fall-out: Department of Social Protection accused of ‘mass surveillance’

PSC fall-out: Department of Social Protection accused of ‘mass surveillance’

The complainant, Martin McMahon, from Dublin, noted when travelling with his own travel pass that his rights were being breached under the General Data Protection Regulation as his movements were being ‘recorded’

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Social Protection slow to share draft report on PSC

Social Protection slow to share draft report on PSC

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection did not share the interim adversarial findings of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) regarding the Public Services Card (PSC) with any affected bodies apart from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This was despite being specifically asked and in a position to do so.

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Top civil servant Robert Watt defends ‘value’ of PSC

Top civil servant Robert Watt defends ‘value’ of PSC

One of the country’s top civil servants has defended the public services card (PSC), saying the “value” of the project is “often misunderstood”.

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Department faces €1m fines over PSC debacle

Department faces €1m fines over PSC debacle

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) is facing a possible investigation and potential €1m fines over the mandatory requirement to hold a public services card in order to access the new National Childcare Scheme.

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Ross denies receiving AG advice on PSC use

Ross denies receiving AG advice on PSC use

Transport Minister Shane Ross has denied he received any advice from the Attorney General before deciding to pull the Public Services Card (PSC) as a requirement for getting a driving licence, despite saying the opposite on the Dáil record last year.

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Government cannot say how much Public Services Card project has cost so far

Government cannot say how much Public Services Card project has cost so far

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection cannot say how much the 10-year Public Services Card project has cost to date.

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Alternative to PSC for childcare shut off in 2018

Alternative to PSC for childcare shut off in 2018

An alternative method for applying for the new National Childcare Scheme online, other than the public services card, was dramatically dropped on the advice of a State body with responsibility for the card’s expansion in January 2018.

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Registrations conducted for Public Services Card despite investigation

Registrations conducted for Public Services Card despite investigation

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection was registering entire private companies for the Public Services Card despite an ongoing investigation into the project by the Data Protection Commissioner.

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Commissioner: Meeting with Minister after critical Public Services Card report was 'out of the question'

Commissioner: Meeting with Minister after critical Public Services Card report was 'out of the question'

The Data Protection Commissioner has said that it would have been “wholly inappropriate” for her to meet with the Government after delivering her highly adversarial report into the Public Services Card.

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Regina Doherty called on to release legal advice received on Public Services Card

Regina Doherty called on to release legal advice received on Public Services Card

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection has been called upon to release the legal advice she received on the Public Services Card at a stormy Dáil session this evening.

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PSC to be only way for parents to claim childcare benefits from late October

PSC to be only way for parents to claim childcare benefits from late October

The Public Services Card will be the only way for parents to claim childcare benefits from late October, despite the Taoiseach claiming that “an option will be available” for those who do not wish to register for a card.

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Public service card row being pushed back until after election

Public service card row being pushed back until after election

The Government is goading the Data Protection Commissioner into taking it to court, mostly as a delaying tactic, says Michael Clifford

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No winners, just losers in Public Services Card public relations fiasco

No winners, just losers in Public Services Card public relations fiasco

The controversy over the Public Services Card appears to be unspooling on a public relations basis, rather than a legal one, writes Cianan Brennan.

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Public Services Card no longer required to apply for passport

Public Services Card no longer required to apply for passport

The Passport Office will no longer require a person to have a Public Services Card to acquire a passport, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

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Government condemned for ‘childish’ response to Public Services Card report

Government condemned for ‘childish’ response to Public Services Card report

Sinn Fein’s John Brady hit out at the Taoiseach during Leader’s Questions in the Dail.

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‘Inappropriate’ to withdraw Public Services Card, ministers say

‘Inappropriate’ to withdraw Public Services Card, ministers say

Ministers Regina Doherty and Paschal Donohoe made the comment following the publication of the Data Protection Commission’s report.

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Public Services Card: Information retention has no impact on preventing welfare fraud - report

Public Services Card: Information retention has no impact on preventing welfare fraud - report

The Government’s policy of retaining its citizens’ personal information upon registration for a Public Services Card has no impact with regard to preventing welfare fraud, the PSC’s original purpose.

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€9.4m development of new Public Services Card to be completed in January

€9.4m development of new Public Services Card to be completed in January

A €9.4 million project to develop the second generation of the controversial Public Services Card is set for completion in January of next year, it has been confirmed.

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Passport Office deciding 'on an ad hoc basis' whether to renew documents without Public Services Card

Passport Office deciding 'on an ad hoc basis' whether to renew documents without Public Services Card

The Passport Office has refused to clarify whether or not a decorated firefighter, who has declined to get a Public Services Card, is entitled to a renewal of his travel documents.

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'We have to see it' - Fianna Fáil insists Govt must publish Public Services Card report

'We have to see it' - Fianna Fáil insists Govt must publish Public Services Card report

Fianna Fáil has ramped up the pressure on Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty to publish the Data Protection Commissioner’s highly adversarial report on the Public Services Card.

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'It's not legal' - Social Democrats question Regina Doherty's position over public services card

'It's not legal' - Social Democrats question Regina Doherty's position over public services card

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty's position in the Cabinet has been called into question by the Social Democrats over the public services card scandal.

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Data Protection Commissioner will no longer engage with Department of Social Protection regarding Public Services Card

Data Protection Commissioner will no longer engage with Department of Social Protection regarding Public Services Card

The Department of Social Protection’s rejection of the recent highly critical findings of the Data Protection Commissioner regarding the Public Services Card has been struck a perhaps fatal blow with the news that the Commissioner will not be engaging further with them.

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Department to defy deadline to delete Public Services Card data

Department to defy deadline to delete Public Services Card data

The Data Protection Commissioner is set to respond by the end of this week to the Department of Social Protection over its decision to challenge the commissioner’s rulings on the Public Services Card.

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Much more at stake than a little plastic card

Much more at stake than a little plastic card

Questioning the Data Protection Commissioner’s judgment gives lie to the contempt with which the State holds privacy rights and the office itself, writes Cianan Brennan

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Data Protection Commissioner to respond to challenge over Public Services Card rulings

Data Protection Commissioner to respond to challenge over Public Services Card rulings

The Data Protection Commissioner is set to respond by the end of this week to the Department of Social Protection over its decision to challenge the Commissioner’s rulings on the Public Services Card.

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'My legal advice is incredibly strong' - Minister intends to continue Govt plan for Public Services Card

'My legal advice is incredibly strong' - Minister intends to continue Govt plan for Public Services Card

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said that based on their own legal advice, her department does not accept the findings of the Data Protection Commissioner in relation to the Public Services Card.

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'Incredibly bizarre' for Govt to challenge Data Protection Commissioner’s rulings on Public Services Card

'Incredibly bizarre' for Govt to challenge Data Protection Commissioner’s rulings on Public Services Card

The Government’s decision to challenge the Data Protection Commissioner’s highly adversarial rulings on the Public Services Card has been condemned as “ludicrous” and “incredibly bizarre”.

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Public Services Card only route to childcare scheme

Public Services Card only route to childcare scheme

The Public Services Card (PSC) will be the only way by which parents can access the new National Childcare Scheme when it goes live in October, despite a ruling from the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) that the card is unlawful when applied to State services other than welfare.

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Almost 79,000 Irish passports issued to people in the UK in first half of 2019

Almost 79,000 Irish passports issued to people in the UK in first half of 2019

Nearly 20,000 more first-time passports were issued to UK residents at the start of 2019 compared with Irish citizens.

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Plan to publish Public Services Card report delayed

Plan to publish Public Services Card report delayed

A report which ruled that the expansion of the State’s Public Services Card (PSC) is illegal will not be published by the Department of Social Protection until such time as “a full consideration of the report is complete”.

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Q&A: What you need to know as the Government decide to publish report on Public Services Card

Q&A: What you need to know as the Government decide to publish report on Public Services Card

Does it change much, why is it controversial, and what's riding on the outcome?

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Government to publish commissioner’s report on Public Services Card online

Government to publish commissioner’s report on Public Services Card online

The report will be published along with a Government statement after ‘full consideration’ is complete.

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Donohoe was briefed on investigation into public services card last year

Donohoe was briefed on investigation into public services card last year

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe was briefed on an interim report of an investigation by the Data Protection Commissioner into the public services card a year ago, it has emerged.

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Fianna Fáil rules out backing legislation to extend uses of Public Services Card

Fianna Fáil rules out backing legislation to extend uses of Public Services Card

"There is a certain convenience in collating a person's data like this, but it has to be balanced with a person's privacy," said Willie O'Dea.

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Departments of Social Protection and Public Expenditure to face Public Accounts Committee over Public Services Card

Departments of Social Protection and Public Expenditure to face Public Accounts Committee over Public Services Card

The Data Protection Commission found there was NO legal basis for the issuing of PSCs for the purposes of transactions between individuals and state bodies other than the Department of Social Protection.

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Here's everything you need to know about Public Services Cards

Here's everything you need to know about Public Services Cards

With Public Services Cards making headlines today, Ryan O'Neill explains what they are and why you might need one.

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450 people had welfare payments suspended

450 people had welfare payments suspended

The Department of Social Protection suspended the welfare payments of about 450 people who failed to go through an identity registration process for the public services card (PSC), it has emerged.

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Dáil committee to hear of potential risks created by Public Services Card

Dáil committee to hear of potential risks created by Public Services Card

TDs and Senators will today hear warnings about potential risks involved in the rollout of the Public Services Card.

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Growing concern over amount of personal data on Public Services Card

Growing concern over amount of personal data on Public Services Card

There is growing concern over new state ID cards and the amount of personal data they will contain.

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Data protection experts warn new Public Services Card could lead to identity theft

Data protection experts warn new Public Services Card could lead to identity theft

Data protection experts are worried the new public services card could lead to identity theft.

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