Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (499)

Pat Deering

Question:

499. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the data protection measures in place to ensure information stored in animal identification and movement systems cannot be accessed by persons or systems other than relevant Departmental officials. [52694/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) database is a generic system which manages information on livestock including the identification, registration and movement of bovine animals.

No third parties are provided with access to the AIM system without the requisite consent of the herd keeper or where there is a legal basis to provide pertinent information. Third parties are only given access on AIM to facilitate necessary transactions for which they are authorised.  The provision of access on AIM to Livestock Marts and Food Business Operators is restricted to information on the specific animals presented for sale or slaughter.   The aforementioned outlets do not have access to AIM data in relation to the other animals on the presenting herd keepers holding. 

All Department personnel that are required to use AIM as part of their official duties are bound by strict confidentiality and the requirements of data protection legislation.