Saturday 24 August 2019

Bins back in GPO after privacy concern

The GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street
The GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

All public bins have been returned to the GPO after An Post was reassured any litter collected in the premises would not be subjected to GDPR laws.

Over recent months, customers and visitors to the historic building were unable to dispose of their litter within the building.

An Post said under the new privacy laws, even rubbish containing personal details was considered their responsibility.

For this reason, a decision was taken to remove every bin from the post office's main hall on a trial basis.

However, just a day after the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner told the Irish Independent that "under no circumstances" could public litter be in breach of GDPR, An Post has decided to reinstate the bins.

"An Post has confirmed a number of outstanding issues around the handling of waste material from public litter bins in the GPO," a spokesperson said.

"The bins had been removed from the public office of the GPO on a trial basis and have now been reinstated," he said.

A pensioner had raised the issue on RTÉ Radio 1's 'Liveline' earlier in the week, expressing her dismay at the new regulation.

Irish Independent

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