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IRCTC To Earn Money By Selling Data Of Rail Passengers? 1000 Crore Plan

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On the morning of 19 August, the share of IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) saw a rise of 4%. The share of IRCTC opened on BSE on Friday at Rs 712 and reached Rs 746.75 in a short time. The reason for the rise in the share of IRCTC is the company’s new plan.

According to reports, the ticket booking arm of Indian Railways is planning a revenue plan of Rs 1000 crore through digital monetization. IRCTC has also issued a tender for this. There are some such things in this tender about which questions related to privacy and safety are being raised in the users’ minds.

The Internet Freedom Foundation has shared a lot of information on this. It has been said in the tender that IRCTC will appoint a consultant who will suggest ways to monetize users’ data.

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IRCTC has more than 100TB of data of users. All the details are available to book the ticket, from whose name to the number. Many people feel that the government is planning to earn money by selling their details in such a situation.

Will the government sell your data?

It is difficult to answer yes or no. You have to understand it in detail. The company will never give up control over this data. Your data or 100TB data with IRCTC will never be sold. At least according to the information received so far, it is so.

Because from this they will earn only once. Instead, his plan is beyond that. The company will use this data from time to time to earn money. For example, you are travelling by train.

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In such a situation, you now use e-catering to order food. It is possible that the next time you travel, you will start getting notifications from some e-catering companies from where you can order food for yourself.

Another example can be taken from cab booking. Right now, you use IRCTC in train ticket booking. After this, will you have to take a cab from your destination station to go home? Not all people would have taken it, so some people must have done so. After some time, you may get cab suggestions or calls as soon as you reach the station.

What is the IRCTC plan?

How IRCTC will use this data is not clear yet. The company says that it wants to improve the user experience in this way. It will also earn money by sharing data with third parties.

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In such a situation, the concern of IFF (Internet Freedom Foundation) and others is about the users’ privacy. How will IRCTC share this data with third-party vendors if there is no data protection law?

Earlier, IFF also wrote a letter to the government regarding the vehicle database. The Internet Freedom Foundation fears that users’ data may be misused.

Akash Kumar Mishra
Akash Kumar Mishra
Akash Kumar Mishra is the CO-Editor at Spot News 18. He is very passionate about His Work and Loves to Write about Technology Topics.

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