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Serious breach of data privacy at Chandigarh schools as student's data sold to coaching centres

By Gagandeep Sokhey . 7th January 2020 07:33pm
Serious breach of data privacy at Chandigarh schools as student's data sold to coaching centres

The coaching centres of Sector 34, Chandigarh have access to plenty of data of students belonging to various schools that included crucial and personal information.

January 7, 2020: In a serious case of data privacy breach, we have come to know that the Chandigarh school student's data is being sold to several coaching centres at a price of Rs 4 to 6 per child. The data includes student names, class information, roll number, name of the school and even contact number of their parents, guardians, etc.

The data of each child was sold to several agencies for marketing purpose and that belonged to around 7000 students from 26 different schools belonging to the Tricity. This data can be easily used to create mischief and sending useless information and SPAM messages.

As per the senior advocate HC Arora, this act comes under the violation of Article 19 of the International Convention on the Rights of Child and said,

"This exposes children to crime by antisocial elements particularly targeting female child and it is becoming a serious matter"

Taking this into account, HS Mamik, the director of Vivek High School, Mohali was shocked to hear about this and will surely lodge an FIR with Punjab police. He also added, 

"Our investigations reveal that this data belongs to the VHS Mohali and it is a serious offence. We will also investigate the matter on our own"

Nitin Goyal, the president of CPA (Chandigarh Parents Association) has stated,

“Parents after trusting the school share their personal details, including annual income, marital status, address and social media profile during admissions. These are minute details of their personal life as well as those of their children.”

Several parents have shared their experience as they were bombarded with SPAM messages along with some from coaching centres. Another parent shared that he received too many unwanted calls on his number.

The DIG Chandigarh, Omvir Bishnoi has taken this matter seriously and will definitely work on it.