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Personal and academic data of millions of Indian students is up for sale online

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

More than 50 websites run by a single person are leaking expansive and exhaustive data containing personal information of students including name, phone number, email address, college name, academic qualification, year of passing or year student is currently in and so on. The students in question are from engineering colleges, medical schools, fashion institutes, business schools and even 12th graders. The domains are run by the same individual who ran the neetdata.com website which was taken down after The Wire reported that it was leaking personal and sensitive data of NEET candidates. *Disclaimer: The name of the individual and the website URLs have not been mentioned in the interest of protecting the privacy of students whose data is available on these websites. The domains are a treasure trove of personal data for advertisers who want to market their institutions and coaching classes to aspiring students. The largest data troves are those of engineering students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country: Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana. [caption id="attachment_187558" align="alignnone" width="791"] Names and other personal details have been blacked out for security reasons.[/caption] The data belongs to hundreds of private as well as government colleges from these states. The domains provide downloadable excel sheets containing personal data including full name, phone number, email address, college name and the year the student is in. Large amounts of data belong who B.Tech students in their final year, who private colleges and coaching…

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