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# psc - Sunday 29 December, 2019

Dept said PSC staff would be ‘phased out’ this year. There’s still 80 employed

Unions had sought permanent contracts for some of these workers, but failed in a number of cases last year.

# psc - Thursday 21 November, 2019

'I won't lower myself': Angry clashes at committee as Doherty defends government stance on PSC

There were testy exchanges between the minister and committee members in the Oireachtas this morning.

# psc - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Needing a PSC for National Childcare Scheme is 'illegal and highly discriminatory'

The ICCL said a PSC requirement forces people “to hand over their data in exchange for services to which they are already entitled”.

# psc - Sunday 10 November, 2019

Pulling mandatory PSC for passports had 'whole of government repercussions', civil servants warned

New documents have shown how the Passport Office considered its options before pulling the PSC as a mandatory requirement.

# psc - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money

The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection is due before the PAC today.

# psc - Monday 28 October, 2019

Civil servants plotting mobile phone 'facial recognition' to boost sign-ups for controversial MyGovId platform

You need a PSC to get a MyGovId, and senior civil servants have looking at expanding the services available on it.

# psc - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Senior civil servant said media outlets had 'agenda' against the Public Services Card

The government’s chief information officer singled out the Irish Times in a mail sent to other senior civil servants.

# psc - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Minister accused of damaging Ireland's reputation by appealing the Data Commissioner's PSC findings

The minister says she has no choice but to appeal the findings in court.

# psc - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

Making PSC mandatory for all passport applications would have meant 'significantly' longer waiting times Exclusive

The Department of Foreign Affairs was unwilling to make it a requirement.

# psc - Sunday 22 September, 2019

Civil servants were told to look at replacing the Medical Card with the Public Services Card Exclusive

As recently as June this year, the government was exploring this as a possibility.

# psc - Saturday 21 September, 2019

So, what do you need a Public Services Card for right now?

The government is ploughing ahead with its support for the card, but what do you need it for right now?

# psc - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport

The Taoiseach says the Data Commissioner has declined to meet with Minister Doherty.

Criminal sanctions possible if government ignores watchdog’s orders on Public Services Card

The long-awaited report into the card was published yesterday evening.

# psc - Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Government claims that withdrawal of PSC could be illegal as it sets up battle with data watchdog

A long-awaited probe into the legality of the card was published this evening.

# psc - Saturday 14 September, 2019

Taoiseach: 'Anyone that reads the law will understand why we disagree with the Data Commissioner's report'

The Taoiseach confirmed that the government has yet to file any court documents appealing findings by the Data Protection Commissioner.

# psc - Friday 13 September, 2019

The Explainer: Why is there so much controversy over the Public Services Card?

It’s a saga that has been rumbling on for years – but what exactly is it all about?

# psc - Thursday 12 September, 2019

Minister to publish Commission's PSC report 'in the next week or so'

The government is in a showdown with the Data Protection Commissioner over a report on the legality of the PSC.

# psc - Sunday 8 September, 2019

Shane Ross says his officials were 'vindicated' over stance on Public Services Card for driving tests

The decision was made in March 2018 to not make the controversial card mandatory for a driving test.

# psc - Thursday 5 September, 2019

Data Protection Commission to seek enforcement action over government's refusal to comply with PSC findings

The government is challenging the findings of a landmark report into the legality of the card.

Why is the government set for a showdown in court over the findings of the PSC report?

The government has said this week it will not be implementing the findings of the Data Protection Commissioner.

# psc - Wednesday 4 September, 2019

Government to continue processing PSC data in defiance of Data Protection Commissioner ruling

The DPC ruled that there was no legal basis for the Government to process data for the card last month.

# psc - Tuesday 3 September, 2019

'A mistake government doesn't need to make': Refusing to publish PSC report 'absurd', activists claim

Minister Regina Doherty said 11 days ago the report would be published once her department had considered it.

# psc - Monday 26 August, 2019

PSC training manuals for civil servants: Facial image matching, 'voice biometrics' and identity tokens

Facial recognition is highlighted a number of times across the circulars issued to civil servants on the PSC.

# psc - Thursday 22 August, 2019

Dept Social Protection to publish Commission's PSC report 'once full consideration is complete'

The DPC rejects government claims that making the card a requirement for services was lawful.

# psc - Sunday 18 August, 2019

'There's no get out jail free card on this': What next for the Public Services Card?

The findings by the Data Protection Commissioner open up the possibility of legal action from PSC holders, solicitors say.

# psc - Saturday 17 August, 2019

Poll: Will the PSC controversy affect how you vote? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will the PSC controversy affect how you vote?

Over 3.2 million people have been issued a Public Services Card, better known as the mandatory-not-compulsory PSC.

# psc - Friday 16 August, 2019

'Misleading' to claim having PSC makes applying for driver's licence easier, Data Protection Commissioner says

The National Driver’s Licence Service says that having a PSC “simplifies” the process of application.

No legal basis for mandatory Public Services Card to access State services other than welfare, landmark probe finds

The Data Protection Commissioner’s long-awaited report has huge implications for the controversial card.

# psc - Saturday 3 August, 2019

'Spark public debate': Spotlight on Public Services Card as data watchdog probe at 'advanced stage'

The long-awaited report on the legality of the PSC is expected in the near future.

# psc - Friday 19 July, 2019

Vast majority of organisations asked about the PSC said they don't benefit from using it

The Irish Council of Civil Liberties said that there was some confusion and inconsistency from local authorities and other bodies.

# psc - Friday 1 March, 2019

'In-depth' government survey says 96% of people are happy with PSC process

The Department of Social Protection said 1,001 PSC holders were interviewed about their views – satisfaction rates are quite high.

# psc - Sunday 24 February, 2019

'I would have the legs cut off me': Doherty says she won't release PSC report until she's given go-ahead

Minister Regina Doherty clashed with Mick Wallace over the Public Services Card earlier this week.

# psc - Sunday 17 February, 2019

'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC

The woman’s adopted status is not well known and she was unaware she would have to discuss the topic in public.

# psc - Monday 17 December, 2018

The government wants to know if you're okay with it using your PPS number to clean up the electoral register

Duplication on the register is rife and changes are needed to ensure Ireland has a modern electoral register, says the minister.

# psc - Sunday 9 December, 2018

PSC staff losing battle to stay on as department confirms contracts to be 'phased out' in 2019 Exclusive

A number of workers have been unsuccessful in cases at the Workplace Relations Commission arguing their right to a permanent contract.

# psc - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Facial imaging software has been used to detect €4 million worth of identity fraud

The department has pinpointed 28 cases in this year alone.

# psc - Monday 13 August, 2018

Competitors for €9.4 million PSC contract backed out due to 'unfair advantage' being given to company that won Exclusive

Security Card Concepts (formerly Biometric Card Services), the company responsible for producing the PSC since 2010, eventually won the bumper contract as the sole bidder

# psc - Sunday 5 August, 2018

Six months a-waiting - the PSC will finally be removed as a requirement for a theory test on 31 August

How much it’s costing to do so is another matter however.

# psc - Sunday 22 July, 2018

Shane Ross has been telling people they don't need a PSC to get a theory test. But they do

While the RSA has committed to removing the need to have a PSC in order to get a test, the requirement remains in place.

# psc - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC

New documents show the department was concerned with the fallout from Shane Ross bringing a stop to efforts to make a PSC mandatory when applying for a driver’s licence.

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