Gupta slams AAP for col­lect­ing per­sonal data

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The Delhi BJP slammed the Delhi gov­ern­ment for “openly” vi­o­lat­ing the or­ders of Elec­tion Com­mis­sion by col­lect­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of stu­dents and their par­ents. The EC had is­sued a no­tice to Delhi gov­ern­ment for vi­o­lat­ing its or­ders and had asked it to re­frain from col­lect­ing pri­vate in­for­ma­tion like EPIC num­ber, mo­bile num­ber, name, ad­dress, etc., of par­ents of chil­dren study­ing in Delhi gov­ern­ment schools. The elec­tion body has also di­rected the gov­ern­ment to re­turn the in­for­ma­tion to it.

Ad­dress­ing me­dia per­sons, Leader of Op­po­si­tion Vi­jen­der Gupta said that the Direc­torate of Ed­u­ca­tion un­der Delhi gov­ern­ment had is­sued a cir­cu­lar on Septem­ber 11, 2018, to col­lect pri­vate in­for­ma­tion of the par­ents. “This work was to be done by a pri­vate agency. This en­tire ex­er­cise is in vi­o­la­tion of the right to pri­vacy and we had ex­pressed our ap­pre­hen­sions of mis­use of the data so col­lected,” he said.

“In re­ply to the EC di­rec­tions, deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia had used very ob­jec­tion­able lan­guage and had said that how could the com­mis­sion stop us from do­ing so,” the leader claimed. “The AAP gov­ern­ment is openly vi­o­lat­ing the or­ders of EC. Al­though the EC has re­frained the gov­ern­ment from col­lect­ing data about par­ents yet they are col­lect­ing it and mis­us­ing it by mak­ing false phone calls and openly vi­o­lat­ing the or­ders of EC,” Gupta claimed.

“We de­mand that elec­tion sym­bols of the AAP should be frozen and the recog­ni­tion of the party can­celled for col­lect­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and ha­rass­ing the peo­ple,” he added.

Leader of Op­po­si­tion Vi­jen­der Gupta

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