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CCE-Andhra Pradesh leaks students’ gender, caste, quota, Aadhaar data on website

The Commissionerate of College Education, Andhra Pradesh, has leaked the personal data, including Aadhaar numbers, of over 64,000 past and present students, reports The Times of India. MediaNama was able to access information contained in this leak. One of the exposed datasets shows personally identifiable information of individuals, furnishing details such as caste, gender, Aadhaar, the course they are enrolled in, college name, district etc. The data belongs to degree students enrolled in government colleges across all 13 districts of the state. The college management collected this information to avoid duplication in scholarships and fee reimbursement, former MLC, KS Lakshmana Rao told TOI. The details were reportedly uploaded without the consent of the students. Andhra Pradesh state officials said that the mistake was unintentional, and had planned to take these details down by today. However, this information continues to be on the website at the time of publishing. MediaNama has withheld the URL of the portal to protect the privacy of the individuals. AP govt portals have leaked Aadhaar numbers before In April, it was discovered that a portal belonging to the state government was leaking data individuals including their Aadhaar number, bank – branch, IFSC code and account number. The data also included father’s name, address, gram panchayat, mobile number, ration card number, occupation, religion and caste information. In the same month, a state health department website was leaking personal information of Eligible Couples, Pregnant Women and Children from the Nutrition and Health tracking system as well as the Reproductive and…

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