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Following British data loss Sinn Féin calls for government rethink on e-border plans

21 November, 2007


Sinn Féin TD and Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó this morning sought an adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the loss of sensitive data relating to 25 million individuals living in Britain.

 

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

 

“The loss disclosed last night by the British authorities of sensitive data on 25 million individuals including names, addresses, social insurance numbers and bank details evidence the urgent need for the government here to rethink its e-border plans.

 

“Government must stop pushing through EU measures entailing the building of massive databases of sensitive information on Irish citizens which are accessible to huge numbers of unaccountable agencies across the Member States.

 

“Clearly the most basic data protection safeguards are absent. This can only increase the vulnerability of Irish citizens to unjustified interference by state authorities, blackmail and identity theft.” CRÍOCH

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