On Tuesday of this week, belatedly and with very bad grace, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection published the Report of the Data Protection Commission on the Public Services Card. For reasons beyond understanding, the Government has gone to war with the Commission on this issue.
In my view, the Government’s unjustified defiance of the Data Protection Commission imperils Ireland’s tech reputation; and I argue in today’s Sunday Business Post (sub req’d) that this unseemly standoff must be resolved as quickly as possible, before irreversible damage is done to our international standing as a good location in which international tech companies can establish their European headquarters:
The government is clinging to its legal advice on the PSC data fiasco. It needs to admit it was wrong and change course immediately
… The DPC’s report is very clear; its fundamental conclusions will undoubtedly survive legal challenge; and the government will eventually be as surely taken to task in the courts in Dublin and Luxembourg as it has been his week in the court of public opinion.
… A government in such open conflict with the DPC can have no credibility in seeking to ensure that such companies comply with the Commission’s decisions.