The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has described the expansion of the Public Services Card as "absurd" and "irresponsible".
That statement is in light of the fact that the Data Protection Commissioner's investigation in to the legal basis for the scheme has yet to be completed.
It has found sufficient evidence to mount an inquiry in to the management and retention of personal detail held on and via the cards.
In May, 2016, the government announced the extension of requirement for the cards to include driver's licence applications, passport applications, and inclusion on the AgFood database.
Those requirements come in to being later this year.
ICCL Director, Liam Herrick, speaking to Kildare Today, says it doesn't make sense for the government to continue to expand the card until the DPC's inquiry has reported.