Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jet Airways is printing Aadhaar on boarding passes during check-in; Aadhaar Act violations?

Jet Airways is printing Aadhaar numbers on boarding passes when passengers are a checking into flights. The issue was flagged on Twitter earlier this week when Suvodeep Das posted a picture of his boarding pass for a flight from Hyderabad to Mumbai.

Publishing of an Aadhaar number is a punishable offense in the Aadhaar Act with jail term up to three years and a fine up to Rs 10 lakh. From the Aadhaar Act.

No Aadhaar number or core biometric information collected or created under this Act in respect of an Aadhaar number holder shall be published, displayed or posted publicly, except for the purposes as may be specified by regulations.
Das, who works as vice-president of marketing at Sodexo India, told MediaNama that he was trying to check in while trying to get into the airport on the Jet Airways app. “However, it did say entering the number was optional but the app did not allow me to proceed. It kept giving me an error. So I finally entered the number and it printed the Aadhaar on the pass,” he added.

A spokesperson for Jet Airways did confirm that the adding Aadhaar number while checking in is optional and added that the company does not take any biometric information for authentication. However, he did not give information on when Jet Airways started adding Aadhaar as a field for checking into a flight. But it looks like the airline enabled this earlier this year in January from, as indicated by this post from BoardingArea.
29/09/17 Medianama

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