Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 1 December 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2021 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 37 - Social Protection - Social Insurance Fund 2021
Chapter 10: Regularity of social welfare payments
Chapter 11: The recovery of benefit and assistance payments following compensation awards
Chapter 14: Classification of workers for PRSI purposes

9:30 am

Mr. John McKeon:

The investigation was into the legal basis of the card. It also went into the biometric aspect and the processing of data for the purposes of identity verification. That was in all cases an own volition report or investigation, based on concerns the Data Protection Commission might have picked up from the media or from people contacting it. As I understand the situation, there was no specific complaint that led to the investigation but it was instead an own volition investigation.