Calls for car registrations to be printed on drive-thru food packaging

A Fine Gael senator wants to see QR codes or car registration numbers printed on Drive-Thru food packaging, to trace where illegally dumped litter comes from.

The party’s spokesperson on Climate is TD Alan Farrell – he’s said the majority of rubbish disposed of on roadsides comes from takeaway outlets.

Fast food giant McDonalds say the proposal presents a data protection issue.

However, Senator John McGahon doesn’t think there is a privacy problem.

“GDPR is just a handy excuse for any large company to hide behind when they don’t want to hide behind something that could be difficult.

“They claim it’s personal data, yet every McDonald’s Drive-thru in the country has CCTV.

“I can walk outside my front door here in Dundalk and see 25 car registration plates – I don’t think car registration plates are private data.

“I would have absolutely no issue with my car registration plate being printed on my McDonald’s take away.”

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