THE security of sensitive personal information held by the State has been put in doubt.
Large numbers of civil servants accessed Dolores McNamara’s social welfare files after her €115 million lottery win.
Officials at the Department of Social and Family Affairs discovered up to 150 hits on the Limerick mother’s welfare files when she scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last July.
A spokesperson for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) said yesterday: “If this happened, it’s quite clear that data protection law has been broken. It’s worrying that confidential information held by the State on individuals is being accessed for non-official purposes. We would hope there is a review of how data is accessed and who has a right to access data about people the State holds to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”