The mobile application DigiYatra, which facilitates contactless passenger movement at airport checkpoints, gained attention recently due to complaints regarding the collection of biometric data from passengers without their consent.
A survey, conducted by LocalCircles, indicates that 29% of flyers who registered for DigiYatra at the Delhi airport in the previous six months did so “unknowingly.”
A survey question stating, ‘When you travelled via a flight from the Delhi airport in the last 6 months, how did you sign up for the DigiYatra program? The response recorded was 29% of participants said they did so “unknowingly,” and 15% said they did so “because there was no regular queue.”
There are currently 13 airports in the nation where DigiYatra is accessible.
Rajya Sabha member Saket Gokhale brought up the matter of biometric data being collected without passengers’ consent to Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Jyotiraditya Scindia refuted TMC MP Gokhale’s claims, stating that DigiYatra is “purely voluntary” for travellers and that airport staff are only allowed to gather data for the DigiYatra app with fliers’ consent. The data, shared by fliers for DigiYatra, is kept in an encrypted format.