Not in normal use. A PDS provider does not have the right  to look inside an individual’s Personal Data Service (e-wallet) or make any use of the data therein.

However,  occasions may arise where a PDS provider, probably working on behalf of others (such as the State or a relative) needs to gain access to such data.  In the case of the state, there would likely be a need for a warrant, akin to that used to obtain physical  access to an individual’s home. A relative might need a power of attorney, or similar.

This area is controversial. In our view, the debate should not be about whether access of this kind should be technically possible, but rather about the safeguards – legal and technical – that should be put in place to ensure that any such third party access only happens in extreme situations, and is never abused