The new DPC website is currently under construction. Our latest guidance in relation to GDPR, which comes into effect on 25th May, 2018, can be found at gdprandyou.ie and via pages on this website starting with "NEW" as per the navigation pane on the left. All other material on this site relates to the previous legislative regime under the Data Protection Acts 1988-2003 ("the Acts"). While the Acts may continue to apply in some circumstances, as of 25th May, 2018 the GDPR is the primary piece of legislation governing data protection.

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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

14. Biometrics

14.1 Can I introduce biometrics in my workplace? Can I introduce biometrics in my school / college?

Extensive guidance is available on our website in relation to the steps to be considered prior to the introduction of a biometric attendance system in the workplace or in schools/colleges.  The recommended approach is for employers/schools/colleges to consider their particular need for a system and then to assess the privacy impact of different systems.  The processing of biometric information in the context of these systems needs to be considered fully before it is introduced.  Except in unusual circumstances any employee or student who objects to using such a system should be allowed to use an alternative system which does not involve processing of biometric information.  It is the use of a system by an employer that may be a data protection concern, not necessarily the production or sale of a system. All situations must be judged on a case-by-case basis.

For further guidance material on Biometrics in the workplace, click here.  For further guidance on biometrics in schools, click here.