All rules for deleting passenger information should be clear in Digi Yatra policy: NITI Aayog Study

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A Niti Aayog study has said that Digi Yatra, a digital platform for verifying air passengers, should have clear rules on deleting passenger information from the database after the journey is completed. Digi Yatra verifies passengers using biometric data.

New Delhi. Digi Yatra, a digital platform for verifying air passengers, should have clear rules for deleting passenger information from the database after the journey is completed, a Niti Aayog study said. Digi Yatra verifies passengers using biometric data. Those using Digi Yatra have been raising privacy concerns about the data. Based on facial recognition technology (FRT), Digi Yatra allows passengers to move contactlessly and seamlessly at various checkpoints at airports.

According to Digi Yatra’s policy, facial biometrics are deleted from the local airport database 24 hours after the departure of the passenger’s flight. “The rules related to deletion of other information collected from passengers should be clearly laid down,” the study said. “The Digi Yatra policy states that it is completely voluntary, but if the use of Digi Yatra is made mandatory in any way, it must follow the principles laid down in K S Puttaswamy vs Union of India (case) related to the validity, necessity and proportionality of the policy,” the study said.

This decision is related to the constitutional right to privacy. The study has recommended that there should be frequent cyber security audits of the Digi Yatra platform. Apart from cyber security audits, it is necessary to establish a mechanism to conduct ‘algorithmic audits’ by independent and accredited auditors before the deployment of the system from time to time. According to the study, internal standard operating procedures should be fixed for handling personal and sensitive personal data.

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