Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Ceisteanna (76)

Michelle Mulherin

Ceist:

76. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Finance if he will confirm if surveillance is being used by the National Assets Management Agency, the former Irish Bank Resolution Corporation and-or State-funded banks, of developers or individuals who owe money to these institutions, including the interception of communications such as telephone/mobile phone calls, phone and text messages and emails; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29430/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I have been informed by PTSB that they do not use surveillance. I have been informed by AIB that it does not undertake activity of the nature outlined in pursuing borrowers. The Bank can also confirm that it complies with its obligations under Data Protection legislation in relation to information which they hold on their customers. In addition the Bank complies with all legal requirements in relation to its collections activities where pursuing debts owed to the Bank by its Borrowers.

I have been informed by the Special Liquidators that as part of normal business practise telephone calls to/from IBRC (in Special Liquidation) are recorded for training and quality purposes. Further, emails to/from IBRC (in Special Liquidation) are monitored as part of the Data Protection policy. Other than the above, the Special Liquidators are not aware of the interception of communications of developers or individuals who owe money to IBRC (in Special Liquidation).

I have been informed by NAMA that it carries out asset searches as appropriate in order to obtain assurance about the veracity of a debtor’s statement of affairs. NAMA expects its service providers to operate fully within the law and the Agency is not aware of any instance of any form of interception of any form of communication by them.