The Ministry of Civil Aviation clarified on Thursday that passengers’ data under Digi Yatra is stored on their own devices and not in a central repository.
There is no central storage of passengers’ personally identifiable information (PII) in the Digi Yatra process, it said.
All passenger data is stored encrypted in their smartphone wallet. It is only shared between the passenger and the departure airport, where the passenger’s Digi Yatra ID needs to be validated. The data will be deleted from the airport system within 24 hours of departure. The data is shared directly by passengers, only when they travel and only to the departure airport, says MoCA.
In response to a tweet on Digi Yatra, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia tweeted, “Passenger personal information is not stored in any central repository or by the Digi Yatra Foundation. The data is stored in the passenger’s own phone in the Digi Yatra Secure Wallet. Rest assured that no data will be collected or stored.”
Nikhil Ji, the passengers’ personal data is not stored in any central storage or by the Digi Yatra Foundation. The data is stored in the passenger’s own phone in Digi Yatra’s secure wallet. Rest assured that no data will be collected or stored.
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 15, 2023
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) also said that the data cannot be used by anyone else as it is encrypted. This process is voluntary and offers the convenience of smooth, problem-free and health-friendly travel.
Digi Yatra is a Ministry of Civil Aviation initiative for a biometric entry system using facial recognition technology. The aim was to offer passengers at airports a seamless and hassle-free experience. Its main goal is to improve the passenger experience by eliminating the need to validate tickets and IDs at multiple touch points and achieve better throughput through existing infrastructure using a digital framework.
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