Are you a student? Maybe even your phone number, email ID and address could be somewhere in the leaked list of 1.5 million students that is available on the internet. However, how this happened no one has no idea.What is even more shocking is that any education institute can purchase it between Rs 1,000 and Rs 60,000. Information of at least 1.5 million students who appeared for examinations of several types since 2009. In addition to it the list provides student name, score, percentile, gender, category, complete address, mobile number, and email ID. Although, the source of this data isn’t clear, whereas there are several possibility for this leakage. There’s no doubt that the sale of this data is in violation of the law—unless students are informed prior that the information could be collated and shared or sold later. From the datasheets—samples are available for free—on websites such as studentsdatabase.in, kenils.co.in, and allstudentdatabase.in, it is clear that the students whose information is being sold have appeared for MBA entrance tests (CAT, MAT, MBA CET, CMAT, XAT, and others), some engineering and medical entrance tests, Class X or Class XII board examinations (only some boards), or final year examinations at some universities (Lucknow, Pune).
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