Chinese stealing data of Indians? Boycott MakeMyTrip and Goibibo trends on Twitter after PIL filed

Netizens on social media X have voiced their concerns over data breach by travelling websites MakeMyTrip, GoIbibo and Sky Scanner after PIL was filed in court

NewsBharati    03-Apr-2024 16:34:28 PM
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New Delhi, April 3: In a shocking development, netizens started to trend Boycott MakeMyTrip on social media giant X (formerly Twitter). Many users have been tweeting, urging others to delete the travel site's app. Additionally, many are tweeting against other travel websites, Goibibo and Skyscanner. The users have voiced their concerns over data privacy.
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These concerns came after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking direction to the Centre to take steps to ensure data confidentiality for the travel companies. The petitioner raised concerns regarding the potential misuse of citizens' data, particularly Aadhaar and passport details, by three foreign corporations—MakeMyTrip, GoIbibo, and SkyScanner—functioning in India, with either partial or complete ownership by Chinese investors.

The plea was moved by Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a BJP leader, who stated that foreign travel companies not only collect the data of the common man but also the personal data of lawmakers, Ministers, Judges of the Supreme Court and High Court, defense personnel, Civil Servants, and their family members.

Expressing displeasure over this development, netizens started to trend boycott Make My Trip and Uninstall GoIbibo.

However, the court dismissed the petition today, stating that it has not received any representation from the Union of India. The court then asked the petitioner to raise the grievance with the Union of India.