Delhi HC asks petitioner to make representation to Centre to ensure confidentiality of travellers’ data

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked a petitioner to make a representation to the central government on his plea seeking to ensure that personal data collected by travel companies while booking tickets are kept confidential.

A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet PS Arora asked this to petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who is an advocate, taking note that he has not made a representation to the central government before filing this Public Interest Litigation (PIL),

Petitioner sought to ensure confidentiality of data collected by travel companies while booking ticket

Upadhyay sought to ensure that personal data, such as name, Aadhaar card and passport details, of travellers collected by the travel companies while booking ticket/tickets are kept confidential.

The PIL filed by Upadhyay sought a direction from the High Court to the central government to take steps to ensure that personal data – like name, address, phone number, and Aadhaar and passport details of travellers – collected by the travel companies, particularly foreign travel companies, while booking tickets are kept confidential and not shared with anyone.

High Court asked Centre to decide petitioner’s representation expeditiously

The High Court asked the central government to decide the representation by petitioner Upadhyay expeditiously by passing a reasoned order.

“The petition is disposed of with a liberty to the petitioner to raise the grievance with the Union of India. If a representation is filed, the same be decided by way of a reasoned order in accordance with law as expeditiously as possible,” the bench said, news agency PTI reported.

What did the petitioner say?

Upadhyay, naming a few of the companies in his plea, said that these companies are running their operations in India and these companies are partially or fully owned by Chinese investors, and there is an apprehension of potential misuse of the data collected by the citizens while booking tickets by these travel companies.

The plea further said that these said foreign travel companies not only collect data of common people but also they collect data of lawmakers, ministers, judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, defence personnel, civil servants and their family members.

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