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The minister says Digi Yatra data is stored on passengers’ devices and not in central storage


The Ministry of Civil Aviation clarified on Thursday that under Digi Yatra, passenger data is stored in their own devices and not in central storage.

It said that in Operation Digi Yatra, there is no central storage of passenger personally identifiable information (PII) data.

All passenger data is encrypted and stored in their smartphone wallet. It is only shared between the passenger and the originating airport of travel, where verification of the passenger’s Digi Yatra identity is required. Data is deleted from the airport system within 24 hours of flight departure. The data is shared by passengers directly, only when they travel and only to the originating airport, says the Civil Aviation Ministry.

Responding to the tweet on Digi Yatra, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia tweeted, “Passenger’s personal information data is not stored in any central repository or by the Digi Yatra organisation. The data is stored in the passenger’s private phone in the secure Digi Yatra wallet. Rest assured, No data is collected or stored.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has also informed that the data cannot be used by any other entity since it is encrypted. This process is voluntary and provides the convenience of smooth, hassle-free travel that is free of health risks.

Digi Yatra is an initiative of the Ministry of Civil Aviation for a biometric boarding system using facial recognition technology. It aims to provide a seamless and hassle-free experience to passengers at airports. Its main objective is to enhance passenger experience by eliminating the need for ticket and identity verification at multiple touch points and to achieve better productivity through existing infrastructure using a digital framework.

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