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“All data encrypted”: CBSE denies personal data breach of NEET candidates

The names, phone numbers and email addresses have been blacked out to protect the privacy of the individuals.

The CBSE has denied any breach of personal data of 2018 National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET) candidates saying the allegations "appears to be the handiwork of certain unscrupulous persons with the objective of duping the gullible public." The CBSE issued the statement in response to a letter Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote to the board asking it to act on multiple media reports on the data leak of NEET candidates. No question of breach, all data encrypted: CBSE The board has said that there was "no question of any breach of data or any misuse of data by the CBSE" as all the data of all 1.3 million NEET 2018 candidates was maintained "only in encrypted format with strict security measures with the National Informatics Centre." Even when CBSE accesses data from the NIC, which hosts data of several government websites, "it does not contain personal details such as mobile numbers, details of identification documents, email IDs, etc." The entire data of more than 13,26,725 candidates of NEET-UG was maintained only in encrypted format with strict security measures with National Informatics Centre (NIC). So much so that, even in the printout of the confirmation page downloaded by the candidates, the vital details such as identification documents, mobile and email ID are in the encrypted format. ...The National Informatics Centre host several government data in highly secured environment... There is no question of any breach of data or any misuse of data by CBSE. Rather, CBSE has a full proof…

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