DRI Launches #no2psc Legal Campaign Against Public Services Card

Civil Rights Advocacy Group Leads Ireland’s First “Mass Action” Legal Campaign DUBLIN, 25 September — Digital Rights Ireland, the public advocacy organisation dedicated to defending civil, human and legal rights in a digital age, has today launched the #no2psc Campaign at https://no2psc.digitalrights.ie/. “The Public Services …

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Reddit Snoo AMA Announcement

Reddit AMA on the Public Services Card

We’re delighted that DRI’s Antoin O Lachtnain will be hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit’s r/Ireland today from 12pm – 3pm to answer questions about the Public Services Card, why we oppose it, and our new #no2psc campaign officially launching later today. The …

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Upload filter protest

Stop upload filter censorship – oppose the Copyright Directive

The European Parliament will vote on the Copyright Directive this week, on 26 March 2019. Over 100,000 Europeans went on the street to protest at the weekend. Article 17 (formerly Article 13) is the most contentious part of the proposed Directive. It provides for automated filtering …

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Tusla: questions to answer about data protection

Under Article 37.1 of the GDPR, all public bodies are required to have a Data Protection Officer (a DPO). The DPO is the person in the organization who is charged with ensuring the organization complies with data protection legislation. For organisations with large databases of …

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Location Tracking on Phone

Time for Ireland’s Data Protection Commission to step up on Google Location Tracking

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has said it is not investigating Google in relation to the secret tracking of the location of Android users, despite Google’s EU headquarters being located in Dublin. The DPC claims that because of some paperwork delay on Google’s part in ‘incorporating …

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Applying for a passport? You don’t need a Public Services Card.

A Public Services Card is not required to get a passport, although the Passport Office website incorrectly suggests that it is. A member of the public, Mr A, recently approached us. He wanted to travel abroad on a family holiday but his passport had expired …

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DPC investigation into Public Services Card

We welcome the Data Protection Commissioner’s decision to extend her investigation into the Public Services Card. The Commissioner’s investigation is unprecedented in the Irish public sector. The card is essentially a national identity card. The database that lies behind it is an unofficial national population …

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No ID No Entry

Tell your TD to stop the PSC becoming a private sector ID card

We’re sorry to have to keep banging on about the Public Services Card. But this is important, and urgent. One of the few limits on the PSC becoming a national ID card is a section which makes it an offence for private bodies to use …

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Taoiseach rejects linking of ‘Public Services Card’ to social media

Should your PSC be linked to your social media account? Jim Daly, an Irish government minister thinks so. After DRI solicitor, Simon McGarr intervened in a TV debate, The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) has firmly rejected the plan, saying “the Government has no plans to link the …

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Public meeting on the public services card and national biometric database

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Digital Rights Ireland will be hosting a public meeting on the introduction of public service cards and the national biometric database. The meeting will take place from 11am – 1pm on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 at Buswells Hotel, …

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Is the Public Services Card Mandatory to access state services?

Over the last week there has been much controversy over the decision of the Department of Social Protection that the ‘Public Services Card’ is mandatory. It is mandatory, they say, not only to claim a social welfare benefit, but to access any number of state …

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New ‘egovernment’ strategy is a national identity card by the back door

The government has promised that the Public Services Card would not be mandatory. But now the government has put forward an ‘eGovernment strategy’ that will force every citizen, young or old, rich or poor to have this card. You will not be able to travel …

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