Not only does Irish Water want to fuck you up the ass, they want to tell others that they have fucked you up the ass just in case they too would be interested in fucking you up the ass while making you pay for the privilege of being fucked up the ass. However unwillingly!
“At first, some of us were suspicious of the fact that Irish Water won’t sell us water unless we give them our PPS numbers – and that of every child in the house.
The people who sell me electricity and gas and chicken tikka masala can deliver the stuff to my house without needing my PPS number.
My name and address – I understand why they want that on their application form. But my home number? And my mobile? And my email address? And my bank account details?
I occasionally get phone calls from scammers seeking precisely the same information.
Irish Water say they’ll “use PPS Numbers to verify the identity of the applicants”. No need, I’ll show you my gas bill, it’s got my name and address. In fact, since Irish Water is owned by Bord Gais, look it up yourself.
“Data relating to the Customer may be used for . . . marketing and credit checking purposes.” Really? I’m buying a product, not going into business with you.
According to their website, the act of giving them our personal data constitutes an agreement that they can share it with unspecified third parties. Our data can be transferred and stored anywhere in the world and processed by people doing business with Irish Water.
“By submitting data to Irish Water, the Customer agrees to this transfer, storing or processing.”
If Irish Water is privatised or part of it is sold to someone, or if they buy into another company, at any stage, our personal data, they admit, “will be one of the transferred assets”.
It’s not just the new purchaser gets our data. Irish Water “may disclose Customer data to the prospective seller or buyer”. Even those who merely express an interest in buying Irish Water will have access to all that information.
Our PPS number is the linchpin of our relationship with the state. It links to everything – work, tax, social welfare, travel, medical records, whatever. We don’t know how this “asset” will be used.
And we don’t know which other “assets” it can be linked to by imaginative young techno-nerds who spend too much time behind a keyboard (bank, credit or mortgage records, perhaps).
We can, you’ll be pleased to hear, find out what data they’re storing on us. But we have to write to a box number in Cork. And pay a fee to see our own data.”
Remember that bit in the movie “Pulp Fiction” where the dude in charge say’s “Bring out the Gimp!” Well who do you think you are in that scenario, Seán and Síle Citizen? The dude or the simpering moron in the box? And what the hell are you going to do about it come the next general election?