Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ceisteanna (221, 222, 223)

Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

221. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her Department retains data regarding to the free travel pass in relation to individual journeys undertaken; and the length of time such data is retained. [46806/19]

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Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

222. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if it is possible for her Department to identify a person who has taken a single journey on the free travel pass; and if so, if information is shared with transport providers in relation same including but not limited to in the context of fare evasion. [46807/19]

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Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

223. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the length of time data is retained in all contexts in relation to the free travel pass; and if there is a policy in relation to the free travel pass and data retention. [46808/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 221 to 223, inclusive, together.

No personal data is collected when  the  free travel pass is used by an individual of  journeys undertaken.

Free travel pass usage data, received by my Department, verifies that a person’s Free Travel Pass was used at a particular time and date on an ITS enabled vehicle.  This data is non-identifying and does not provide journey duration or fare collected. 

Free travel pass usage data is retained by my Department for 13 months.

 I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.