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Journalists seek Rs 30 lakh in damages from Air India for data leak

The notice contended that the journalists' informational autonomy had been breached and that this amounted to a violation of their privacy.  Two journalists have sent a legal notice to Air India seeking compensation for damages suffered from a data leak of the airline's flyer data, the Press Trust of India reported. The notice was sent to the state-owned airline by Zee News Associate News Editor Ritika Handoo and PTI legal correspondent Pawan Singh by advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey. MediaNama has obtained and reviewed a copy of the legal notice. In May, a data breach in the IT company SITA (which is an Air India vendor) exposed 4.5 million customers' data. "This is to inform that SITA PSS our data processor of the passenger service system (which is responsible for storing and processing of personal information of the passengers) had recently been subjected to a cybersecurity attack leading to personal data leak of certain passengers. This incident affected around 4,500,000 data subjects in the world," Air India had disclosed. The affected information included flyers' names, their dates of birth, their contact information, their passport numbers, and trip details. Client's data "open to exploitation" The legal notice says that the data leak included personal information that would lead to "making my client's personal data open to exploitation and further unaccounted vulnerabilities, notwithstanding the fact that my client's privacy has already been breached due to your security failure". Contact information leaked: "The nature of this information is extremely personal as it includes my clients' date…

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