IRCTC Backtracked From Decision After People's Displeasure, Proposal To Sell Passenger Data In Cold Storage

According to an exchange filing done by the company, the tender for the appointment of a consultant has been withdrawn due to the withdrawal of the Personal Data Protection Bill by the Government of India.

Aug 28, 2022 - 00:59
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IRCTC Backtracked From Decision After People's Displeasure, Proposal To Sell Passenger Data In Cold Storage
IRCTC Backtracked From Decision After People's Displeasure, Proposal To Sell Passenger Data In Cold Storage

Following the growing displeasure of the general public, IRCTC has shelved its controversial plan for data monetization of passengers. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has also dropped the idea of ​​appointing a consultant to strategize the Rs 1,000 crore plan after being summoned by a parliamentary panel regarding the Passenger Data Monetization Scheme. Have given.

According to an exchange filing done by the company, the tender for the appointment of a consultant has been withdrawn due to the withdrawal of the Personal Data Protection Bill by the Government of India. However, the displeasure of the common people is believed to be a major reason behind this decision by IRCTC. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology summoned IRCTC officials on Friday evening to address the concerns of a possible data privacy breach. According to media reports, IRCTC informed the parliamentary panel that it has reviewed its stand and withdrawn the tender.

What will the next IRCTC

At present, it is not clear whether IRCTC can move forward in this direction after the implementation of the Data Protection Bill or whether this proposal has been scrapped forever. The Personal Data Protection Bill was withdrawn after a joint parliamentary suggested 81 amendments to the draft.

Last week, Indian Railways' ticket-booking partner IRCTC sought the services of a consultant for doing business with government and private companies. IRCTC has access to the personal data of over 80 million users. The company was expecting a profit of Rs 1000 crore from the monetization of customer and vendor application data. There was widespread anger among the people after this decision of IRCTC. The decision was widely criticized on social media. Apart from sensitive data like name, age, mobile number, gender, address, e-mail id, number, number of passengers, class of travel, mode of payment, login ID, and password security, people were worried about security.

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