18 Jul Ireland Requires Public Service Card, Citizens Question New ID Law
Ireland – A Public Services Card (PSC) is being implemented by Ireland’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, according to a report last Saturday.
The government pushed for PSC so that it can extend access of the ID to valid public services and to secure greater Social Protection for the citizens. It will also help consolidate services across departments to streamline operations.
Different state departments seem to have no qualms about having an integrated ID card. But the Departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Public Expenditure and Reform are having problems regarding when citizens should have a PSC to get a passport or driver’s exam.
However, the move was not met with enthusiasm by some citizens, seeing it as a stealthy move to access citizen’s private data. With an integrated card, it urges the government to make sure that massive data sharing will not occur.
Despite these issues, the government firmly asserts that the PSC is key in securing people’s private data.
Source: The Journal IE