I have continued to research the questions raised in my previous blogs on Irish Water, namely whether Irish Water were entitled to ask for your PPS number and secondly, whether Revenue had breached the Data Protection Act by providing names, addresses and property details to Irish Water.
In response to the first question about PPS numbers:
Section 20 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2014, which passed through the Houses of the Oireachtas in July, contains a provision which specifically authorises Irish Water to use the PPS number.
.20. Schedule 5 to the Principal Act is amended in paragraph 1(4) by inserting “Irish Water,” after “Health and Social Care Professionals Council,”.
As far as the second question concerning Revenue releasing those details:
Under Section 26 of the Water Services Act 2013 (1), Irish Water is empowered to seek data from a number of different bodies. As of September 2014, these bodies include:
The Revenue Commissioners
The Residential Property Tenancies Board
The Property Services Regulatory Authority
The Local Government Management Agency
Electricity Service providers
The Department of Social Protection
Gas service providers
I am afraid that means that these apparent loopholes have been blocked. Sorry about that!