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Student Data Is For Sale Online

STUDENT PRIVACY—CHINA

June 22, 2011

Personally identifiable information about elementary and secondary students is for sale online, prompting some legal experts to claim that it is a breach of privacy, China Daily reports. One list cited in the article contains approximately 70,000 students who recently sat for a college entrance exam. The list included students' names, cell phone numbers and home addresses. According to the report, the buyers of the information tend to be educational companies or training institutions. One expert said, "Officials at the schools can make money from the sellers...They are the source of the information and the reason why sellers can easily get private information."
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