Since 1966 every child born in the State has been subject to a heel príck which is taken shortly after birth. Only records taken after 1984 exist after water contamination on the records from 1966-1983.
Now, the government plans on getting rid of this vital information.
newbornscreening.ieTo comply with national and EU Data Protection law, these screening cards from babies born between 1984 and 2002 will be disposed of during 2013. From 2013, this will be done every year for cards over 10 years old.
But as professor of genetics at Trinity College Dublin, David McConnell said it would be:
This is the crux of the issue:modern equivalent of burning the Customs House, or destroying the birth certificates of all born in Ireland
This information can provide us with an excellent snapshot of Irish health and is a disgrace they are being dumped.It would also allow the health authorities to obtain a more accurate picture of the health risks of the Irish people as a whole, and this would allow us to introduce more valuable and effective health services
Clearly storage isn't the issue at hand when one looks to the e-voting machines so it boils down to data protection.
I certainly believe the benefits outweigh any negatives associated with privacy if these records were kept.
Calls for 'priceless resource' of heel ****************************** test results to be saved - The Irish Times - Tue, Feb 05, 2013
What y'all think?
<Mod> This thread has been merged with "Heel Pr1ck cards, only two weeks to get them back." </Mod>