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Data Commissioner’s report into the Public Services Card ‘hugely embarrassing’ for Government – John Brady TD

18 September, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the Data Protection Commissioner’s report into the Public Services Card is "hugely embarrassing" for Minister Doherty, her Department and the entire Government.

Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil today, Teachta Brady said:

“The Data Protection Commissioner’s report into the Public Services Card provides us with much more than just the findings of her lengthy investigation.

“It tells us of the flawed arguments put forward by the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection that are in some instances, totally non-sensical.

“It also gives us a very clear insight as to the Department’s attitude towards the Data Commissioner – one that can only be described as embarrassing and childish. I say embarrassing when I think of the 470 scanned pages, un-numbered and illogical sent by the Department to the Commissioner as their response to the Commissioner’s initial draft report like a child throwing a tantrum.

“We see a total lack of regard for taxpayers’ money, which we have seen time and time again from this Government, in fact the Department threatened the Data Commissioner with legal proceedings back in October last year, when they weren’t getting their way with an extended deadline for reply. 

“While it is not Government practice to publish Attorney General advice, I see no reason why the outside Counsel advice received by Government could not be published. It is in the public interest to do so.”

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