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I am trying to read the Data Sharing Bill. #dsbill

Why. Why is it like this?

"Base registry". "Base registry owner."
It is not just the Data Sharing Bill, but the Data Sharing And Governance Bill.

The Governance part, one might have thought, is covered by the GDPR & DPAs. But no, it creates a shadow system.
The scope of "public bodies" covered is eye-watering: ministers, Revenue, Gardaí, Defence Forces, E&TBs, schools, bodies partly funded by Gov, subsidiaries ...
Also it clearly envisages bringing private companies to whom Gov outsources work within the scope of State data sharing (section 9(4)).
This is mad stuff. I mean some of it is, quite verbose, but ok - except unnecessary to have it in legislation? But reading between the lines it is clear what is going on.
Strange reference to copyright in base registry in section 37(1).
Why does it keep tinkering with existing #dataprotection law?
This is health stuff isn’t it?

This Bill has external consultant fingerprints all over it.
Wait it says the Minister may set up an SAR portal, fine, but the public body may disclose info to the Minister for purpose of processing SARs?

Why would a public body notify DPER if a citizen makes an SAR?
And the fact of disclosing the SAR to DPER is only recorded until the SAR is completed?

An auto-deleting backchannel to the Minister?
And, of course, the Bill proposes a new quango (the Data Governance Board).

But this is an advisory board for DPER, not a watchdog.
PSC klaxon! They’ll get DPER to ban agencies for looking for non-PSC documents (for efficiency/cost saving reasons).
Ok. This Bill is a steaming pile of after-the-fact mess.

It needs serious pre-legislative scrutiny and committee work/challenges.
Read @CBridge_Chief x2 for more (better) commentary.…
@CBridge_Chief For tl;dr I'll quote @CBridge_Chief

"There are some significant missed opportunities in ... [the] legislation. But the sum of the parts is increasingly disconcerting & suggests that the Irish Government doesn't *get* data protection and data management at a fundamental level."

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More from @rossamcmahon

Jun 25, 2018
The State continues to be, imo, entirely disingenuous about the #psc rollout and is still pushing it through without proper legal basis or authority so that it reaches critical mass.

One thing is clear: they are avoiding any binding decisions on the PSC. #thread

📷: @DRIalerts
You might recall that, since @RSAIreland backtracked on requiring #PSC for driving licences, passports are effectively the last non-social welfare holdout on mandatory/compulsory use.

This type of requirement is what takes it from mere "token" to de facto ID card.
At every step along the way over the past 12 months or so, in my experience, the authorities have backed down when challenged. The difficulty is that they find a different, non-PSC, reason to back down.
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Mar 5, 2018
I’ve been quoted saying Limerick’s #cctv scheme uses tech akin to regimes like China. I don’t make comparison lightly - seems alarmist but is literally true.

Via @FredPLogue I see alarming prospect that deep learning & AI envisaged. This slide from a @LimerickCouncil update.
Remember: this deep learning and AI would be overlayed on a network of cameras that count footfall, keep a record of the reg of every car passing (24hrs/day), can recognise faces and patterns.
These technologies only make sense (or value for money) if you have software (and algorithms) that can process the vast amounts of data collected. And use the results to what? Create reports? Alerts?

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