Lítačka can be anonymous

People will be able to get the public transportation card without giving personal details

People will no longer need to disclose personal information to get a Lítačka public transportation card. People who already have the card can ask for their personal information to be deleted. The new option was approved by Prague City Hall and takes effect Feb. 1.

Lítačka cards began to be issued in March 2016 as replacement for the OpenCard, which remains valid for people who still have them.

Passengers had asked City Hall for the option to get anonymous cards, as they did not see the need to be identified just to use public transportation. The city decided to accommodate these passengers, according to Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO). The city consulted with the Office for Personal Data Protection (ÚOOÚ), which agreed that the data-free option should exist.

The anonymous cards will have only a name and a photo printed on the card, as they are still not transferable. The electronic registration system for these cards will not retain any information. These cards have to be picked up in person at Lítačka issuing points and cannot be ordered over the internet.

The places that issue Lítačka cards in person are the Litacka Customer Center (Škoda Palace) at Jungmannova 35/29, the Prague Public Transit Company’s Traffic Control Center at Na Bojišti 5, and the metro stops at Roztyly and Hradčanská.

For people who already have cards and want the data deleted, it will take up to 30 days.

Lítačka is valid on the metro, bus, tram and the funicular up to Petřín. The card also functions as a library card, though it is unclear if the anonymous version will be valid in libraries as well, since it has no contact information. The card also can be used for a discount at several museums and tourist attractions.

Lítačka cards are supplied by the firm XT-Card and the system is administered by municipal firm Operátor ICT.

OpenCards were launched in April 2007 to replace paper coupons Problems first arose in November 2009, when discrepancies in the cost of operating the system were discovered.

Due to series of scandals related to OpenCard, the city decided to launch a new system that it could monitor more closely and which would be cheaper to operate.

You can find out more about Lítačka at www.litacka.cz (ENG)


Related articles - Lítačka card:
Lítačka ending pilot operation - Prague.TV 04.10.2016
Lítačka card to have mobile app - Prague.TV 19.07.2016
Lítačka, or Opencard 2.0 - Prague.TV 30.03.2016

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