Exam Season

NSUI President Files Police Complaint Against VC for Privacy Breach

In light of the massive data breach on the varsity’s admit card portal for online examination, National Students Union of India (NSUI) has filed a police complaint against the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Delhi (DU).

Akshay Lakra, president of the Delhi Unit of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), on Monday, 6th July 2020, filed an official complaint addressed to the SHO of Maurice Nagar Police Station, accusing Delhi University of negligence and allegedly leaking the data of lakhs of students.

“Along with former DUSU President Arun Hooda, I have filed the police complaint demanding an FIR to be lodged against the vice chancellor for failing the trust of many students with this privacy breach”, he stated.

Complaint filed at Maurice Nagar Police Station
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The complaint mentions, “With personal information like mobile numbers, email addresses and date of birth made publicly available, one can easily access other sensitive information like Aadhar Card number, bank account details, mode of transportation from college to home and residential addresses of individual students from the university/college websites. It is not just a blunder but a breach of privacy that can endanger the lives of students.”

It alleges that many students are now receiving calls from unknown numbers due to which they are under fear and mental pressure. It said that the portal is not secure and private information seems to be readily available for access by anti-social elements.

Complaint letter addressed to the Station House Officer, dated 06.07.20
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According to several media outlets, the problem was that the gateway password is the code assigned to individual DU colleges. It is, therefore, easily available and shared amongst people who do not study at the University of Delhi as well. It allows unauthorized access to personal information of students, including their parent’s details. 

This concern came into light earlier last week, when students began writing on Twitter about the serious data breach problems arising in the admit card download portal. This portal is an extension of the official DU website. Thereafter, many objected to uploading their details on the portal, flagging privacy concerns.

Apart from the privacy breach, final year students of DU continue to face problems regarding network issues, incorrect question papers, and difficulty in logging onto portals while the university actively conducts mock papers for the upcoming online Open Book Examinations (OBE).

Feature Image Credits- NSUI

Aishwaryaa Kunwar

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