Top officials of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) have been summoned by a parliamentary committee. He will be questioned about the recently floated tenders for monetization of digital data of Indian Railways and IRCTC. Indian Railways floated a tender to hire a consultant to monetize its passenger and freight customer data, with an aim of Rs. 1,000 crore. Digital liberties organization Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) observed the tender earlier this month.
Citing a meeting notice issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, PTI reported that a parliamentary panel had called top officials of IRCTC and asked them to monetize passenger and freight customer data. IRCTC officials will appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.
Representatives from social media platform Twitter are also expected to appear before the panel on the same issue.
A recent report suggested that the tender may be withdrawn due to privacy concerns.
As a reminder, a tender seeking to use data from passenger, freight and parcel trains was seen earlier this month by digital liberty organization Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). India currently does not have a data protection law to regulate the use of personal information of citizens.
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