On Thursday, 2 Twitter users reported a serious data privacy breach problems arising in Delhi University UG Admit Card portal on university’s website. This news comes amidst when the varsity is all set to conduct an OBE for its final year students from July 10.
According to the final year students, anyone who knows their roll numbers and gateway password can access the admit cards which carries their personal information including phone numbers and residential addresses. Gateway password is same for all the students of a single college.
Some girl students have complained of receiving calls, text messages and emails from outside companies and unknown sources, which they doubt was because of the privacy breach.
Pankaj Garg, convener of the Indian National Teachers’ Congress (INTEC), has written to university Vice Chancellor, Yogesh Tyagi, flagging the issue. Even an outsider can have access to phone numbers, e-mail and residential address of students, which have been mentioned on their admit cards for the first time, he said.
“There are lakhs of students from diverse socio-economic background and any misuse of this data by any agency, because it is easy to access, may lead to grave consequences, especially when we have girl students of equally good strength. Therefore, the university administration must take notice of this breach of confidentiality and privacy,” the letter said.
Vinay Gupta, Dean (Examinations), Delhi University, said, “There is nothing like that. The issue was arising only for law faculty students. The exam roll numbers of students were in public domain since the results of the students appear in a gazette. We have stopped the admit cards for the law faculty students and they will be sent a one-time password over e-mail to access their admit cards.”
Every year admit cards are handed over to students in person. But because of the prevailing health crises and as exams had to be shifted online, this time admit cards were uploaded on portal for students to download.