The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has begun a new investigation into the Public Service Card (PSC), after complaints by campaigning group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI).
According to the Irish Examiner, the watchdog told DRI that it had “now decided to commence an inquiry into certain processing operations carried out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER)”.
In 2019, the data watchdog found that there was no legal basis for demanding the use of the PSC in order to access a range of public services, beyond social welfare payments. The Department of Social Protection (DSP) appealed this decision, and the issue is currently before the courts.
The DPC’s latest probe will focus on the Single Customer View (SCV) database, operated by DPER, which includes information on citizens from a number of State bodies – including DSP, the Road Safety Authority, Revenue, and the HSE.