To quote from the press release:
- "One of the major themes in this year’s report concerns the issue of sharing personal data in the public sector which has featured regularly in previous annual reports from this Office".
A number of cases are highlighted where data was accessed inappropriately by users of the INFOSYS system.
In addition, some members of the Police Force are shown to have accessed the PULSE Police system inappropriately to look at information on celebrities.
A few weeks ago, the Irish Independent reported on the powers that the Revenue Commissioners now have. Revenue Commissioners boss Josephine Feehily told a Government committee:
- "that tax officials can now trawl through reams of data, including bank accounts and mobile phone numbers, to spot cheats."
- How is this data used?
- Is this data misused and abused?
- How is the "mobile phone" and "bank account" data made available to the Revenue?
- Is it deleted when no longer necessary?
- Who has access to this data?
- Is there an audit trail of all access?
- etc.....the list goes on.
One good thing is that the Commissioner says that his office is adequately funded.