45. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of face biometric data records collected through the administration of the public services card that are held by her Department; and the security protocols and policies in place to prevent a leak or breach of data records, including biometric data records collected by her Department through the public services card system. (Question 19302/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Public Services Card Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Biometric information is information about the measurements of human body characteristics, such as fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial patterns and hand measurements and it is typically used for authentication purposes. The Public Services Card (PSC) does not store biometrics. While the card does store the person’s photograph and it appears on the card, it does not store the biometric or arit...

410. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 939 of 20 March 2018 if her Department holds biometric data on individuals in possession of a public services card in view of the fact that a recent e-tender (details supplied) for the provision of facial recognition software for the public services card explicitly states that the supplier must provide the tools and processes to migrate up to 4 million biographic and face biometric records from the legacy system database to the new system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18565/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Services Card Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The use of facial matching technology has been successfully employed by the Department for a number of years. What is proposed, in the context of this competitive tender process, is a continuation and upgrade of this existing technology.
The Public Services Card does not store biometrics. While the card does store the person’s photograph and it appears on the card, it does not store the biometric or arithmetic templ...