Oyster on the Go

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1652
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Does the Mayor believe that the mobile phone app 'Oyster on the Go', developed by students at Featherstone High School in Southall is a great example of schools supporting entrepreneurial spirit in young people, and will he ensure TfL works with students to develop and publish the app as an official TfL product?

Answer

Answer for Oyster on the Go

Answer for Oyster on the Go

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response received on 1 July 2013.

TfL welcomes the enthusiasm shown by this group of young people in developing their skills in mobile apps. We would be happy to engage with students wishing to develop Apps, provided that we can ensure that no customer information is put at risk.

Unfortunately, the Oyster On the Go app as currently proposed uses data gathering techniques which can put personal customer financial data at risk, so TfL could not support its development.

TfL would be pleased to involve this group in upcoming 'developer events' where it looks at tackling customer information needs though the use of data.

TfL makes a wide range of data freely available through its Open Data policy but not personal data. Through this policy, it has created a community of over 5,000 Application developers, producing hundreds of 'Apps', reaching millions of customers with travel information. More details about the condition for this data usage can be found here:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/termsandconditions/default.aspx#Terms_of_Use.