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State must pay if privacy is hit; COMMENT 2nd floor, 9A Beckett Way, Park West Industrial Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 12 Tel: 01 868 8600, Fax 01 868 8626, irishmirror.ie.

IRISH citizens who signed up for the Public Services Card in 2012 had no choice in the matter.

The documents were initially rolled out for people claiming certain State benefits.

A failure to show up to have your photo taken in social welfare offices was not acceptable.

So it's ironic now three million people could be entitled to sue the State because the cards may breach new EU privacy laws.

It is feared data breaches could lead to personal details being sold to advertisers.

If the State is in breach of privacy laws, Irish citizens will be laughing all the way to the bank.

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion; Leading articles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Feb 9, 2018
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