Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (530)

Bríd Smith


530. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a report is forthcoming from the Data Protection Commission regarding biometric data; and if so, when it will be published. [38611/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has advised that its recent report and findings are the first of two reports on the Public Services Card (PSC) project that will issue to my Department.

The DPC has stated that she will shortly be submitting to my Department a further report containing provisional findings relating to data security, arithmetic template generation (and associated processing of personal data) for the SAFE registration process and the PSC, and in relation to the Department's processing of personal data generated in connection with the use of the free travel variant of the PSC.

The DPC also stated that once it has considered any final submissions from my Department in relation to that report's provisional findings, she will finalise the report on those particular issues.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.