Government Ensures International Passenger Data Privacy – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

NEW DELHI: A day after notifying international passenger information collection rules, the government assured that there would be adequate safeguards to ensure strict confidentiality of information and data protection.

The Department of Finance, in a statement on Wednesday, attempted to allay data protection concerns raised due to the latest dictation. He said that processing information to reveal ethnicity, race, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, etc. is strictly prohibited. “The information received is used for further processing only by a senior officer of the rank of Principal Deputy Director General or Deputy Director General,” the finance ministry said.

The government has also clarified that the intention of the regulations is to improve the detection and investigation capabilities of customs authorities to combat offenses related to the smuggling of narcotics, gold, arms and ammunition.

“The Regulations strike a good balance between privacy needs and security imperatives,” reiterated the Department of Finance. On August 8, 2022, the government notified the Passenger Name Record (PNR) Information Regulations 2022 which requires aircraft operators to share information on all international passengers with the customs service.

He clarified that passengers are not required to individually submit information to customs or provide additional information to airlines due to these regulations.
He said that airlines already collect this information under the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation, adding that the purpose of these regulations is to obtain this data before the departure or arrival of passengers. passengers for analysis by the customs risk management system.

NEW DELHI: A day after notifying international passenger information collection rules, the government assured that there would be adequate safeguards to ensure strict confidentiality of information and data protection. The Department of Finance, in a statement on Wednesday, attempted to allay data protection concerns raised due to the latest dictation. He said that processing information to reveal ethnicity, race, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, etc. is strictly prohibited. “The information received is used for further processing only by a senior officer of the rank of Principal Deputy Director General or Deputy Director General,” the finance ministry said. The government has also clarified that the intention of the regulations is to improve the detection and investigation capabilities of customs authorities to combat offenses related to the smuggling of narcotics, gold, arms and ammunition. “The Regulations strike a good balance between privacy needs and security imperatives,” reiterated the Department of Finance. On August 8, 2022, the government notified the Passenger Name Record (PNR) Information Regulations 2022 which requires aircraft operators to share information on all international passengers with the customs service. He clarified that passengers are not required to individually submit information to customs or provide additional information to airlines due to these regulations. He said that airlines already collect this information under the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation, adding that the purpose of these regulations is to obtain this data before the departure or arrival of passengers. passengers for analysis by the customs risk management system.

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