New Delhi [India]Aug 26 (ANI): The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Friday withdrew its bid for the appointment of a consultant to suggest business strategies using available data.
“Due to the withdrawal of the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 by the Government of India, … the e-Tender for the appointment of a Consultant for Indian Railway Data Monetization / IRCTC launched by IRCTC, July 29, 2022 has been withdrawn,” IRCTC informed. in an official notice.
Earlier, Congressman Shashi Tharoor, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, convened the micro-blogging site Twitter and IRCTC on Friday to discuss “the security and privacy of citizens’ data”.
The panel likely asked them about the tender it put out to hire a consultant to monetize the data of its passenger and cargo customers, sources said.
IRCTC has more than 10 million users for which it has hired a consultant through a wizard to monetize passenger data. Why is this being done, is this what the panel was probably looking for answers for?
Sources also said the panel will ask Twitter about its management and composition and whether it was done to do favors for a particular political party.
On August 3, 2022, the union government led by Minister of Information and Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw announced its decision to withdraw the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP) 2019. This legislation both expected will be replaced by a comprehensive bill on contemporary digital privacy laws.
The Tharoor-led panel has held meetings with various stakeholders, including tech companies, social media companies, government departments and other regulators, and is expected to finalize its report before the end of the committee’s term on August 30, 2022. (ANI)
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