The Public Services Card itself has multiple protection mechanisms, all of the highest current international standards, to prevent and detect tampering with the physical card and its contents.
As well as some hidden security features, there are visual measures such as the overall graphical design, branding, microprinting, the use of optical variable ink and a kinegram. In addition, a PSC and a card reader communicate with each other by cryptographic means. Only card readers specifically programmed to accept PSCs can undertake this functionality.
The government is committed to ensuring that data relating citizens with the Public Services Card is securely held and used only for relevant business purposes. The commitment to safeguarding data is reflected in its use of advanced data processing and storage technology hosted in secure data centres and is reinforced by a range of legislative and administrative provisions that are designed to protect the rights and interests of our customers.