By Budi Putra
Oct 13, 2008
Amid concerns about privacy and security on the Internet, the Indonesian
Ministry of Education recently put up a detailed database of students
online and in downloadable files. There are at least 36 million students
listed on the Web site in Excel files containing names, dates, places of
birth and addresses!
I got the breaking news the last weekend from Treespotter's blog . He
The database was put online a while ago, but Google had already
indexed it by now--if you have kids at school (private, public and
religious schools all)--you can try Googling them to see what comes
out. You can find the FULL FILES in XLS downloadables without too
much trouble. Of your children.
As I wrote in my blog, the Government's blunder just confirms one thing:
They have a lack of capacity and capability in optimizing the New Media
benefit. They may have good intent to put online a complete database,
but clearly aren't aware about the issues of privacy and security. How
could they publish the complete addresses and details (even the dates of
births) on their Web site?
I downloaded one of its Excel files at that time, and got a shock
reading all details of Indonesian students there! Today, as of
publishing this post, the downloadable database is still there. (I will
not post any link here for obvious reasons).
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