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Privacy breach by DU

Kirti Dargan got the shock of her life when she Googled her name on Friday and saw her private details online.

entertainment Updated: Aug 22, 2010 02:05 IST
Shruti D
Shruti D
Hindustan Times

Kirti Dargan got the shock of her life when she Googled her name on Friday. Kirti, a student of Moti Lal Nehru college, found her personal details, including her residential address, email ID, and mobile number listed online, for everyone to see.

How did the 19-year-old land in such a pickle? Kirti had applied as a Delhi University volunteer for The Commonwealth Games in May. Now, the university has published the personal details of all the volunteers on the website, without any security or privacy measures.

“Thanks to DU’s carelessness, my cell number is available to everyone. I could be prone to all kinds of prank calls now,” says Kirti.

Sandhya Nagar, another student whose name is on the list, says, “Putting my name and college is okay, but why put up private details?”

Kunal Vohra, a volunteer from Ramjas College, agrees, “It’s wrong on DU’s part to upload details without our consent. For girls, it’s an even bigger problem.”

The director of the Volunteer Program, who refused to be named, said, “The information was put up when we were calling students for the interview. But yes, I agree that the personal information should have been removed by now.”

First Published: Aug 21, 2010 18:30 IST