Landlords and their agents should not seek photographs and PPS numbers from prospective tenants in advance of a lease being signed, the Data Protection Commission has warned.
The commission said the collection of photo identities in the lettings process prior to a lease being agreed was raised as a concern by a number of individuals contacting the office.
The issue is among many raised in the annual report of the Data Protection Commissioner from January 1st to May 24th, the date on which the office ceased to exist ahead of the EU general data protection regulation and new Irish legislation taking effect on May 25th.
The new Data Protection Commission (DPC) came into being on May 25th.
“The DPC can see no basis for requiring photo identity at application stage (pre-tenancy) in the absence of any legitimate business reason requiring same,” it said.
It considered, however, that landlords and lettings
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