European Data Protection Digest

Dunnes Stores Appeals DPC Biometrics Order

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—IRELAND

February 5, 2010

In the first legal action of its kind, Dunnes Stores has lodged a circuit court appeal of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) enforcement order requiring the company to provide its staff with an opt-out for the hand-scanning devices it uses to monitor attendance, Times Online reports. Dunnes has asserted it needs the system to record staff hours but has refused to divulge what specific personal information the system records. Under DPC guidelines, examples of when it is permissible for organisations to use biometric systems include addressing problems with staff trustworthiness as well as providing for high-level security and ease of administration. However, the guidelines state, "what is acceptable in one case may not be in another."
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