Tuesday 17 October 2017

A card to tell Leo they exist

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar smiles during a Bloomberg TV interview in Ontario, Canada.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar smiles during a Bloomberg TV interview in Ontario, Canada.
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

We all know that this whole technology thing isn't going to end well. Though we can be a bit selective about it. So, for example, on one hand, people are a bit suspicious about the public services card, which they reckon is part of a conspiracy for the Government to know our names, our PPS numbers, and whether we are entitled to the free travel. And we worry the Government might share this information with itself.

What makes it feel more like a conspiracy is that it seems to have signed up three million people to its little racket without any kind of outcry until now. Very mysterious indeed. The Government might be claiming that these people were happy to sign up for their card, but we know the truth. They were all bullied into handing over their information and then clearly they were warned to say nothing about it afterwards.

And now the rest of us want to know things like what is the legal basis for this, and who exactly will be privy to this basic information about us. We are suddenly all experts on cybersecurity and identity theft, and we don't trust the Government any more.

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