COVID-Panic in India Brings Pleas for Help on Social Media, Putting Private Data at Risk
Soldiers for the Jammu and Kashmir State Disaster Response Force in India carry empty coffins for transporting bodies of people who died of COVID-19 outside a government medical hospital last week.
By Sakshi Udavant
COVID-19 continues to ravage India — setting a global record last Wednesday for more deaths in a single day than any other country at any time during the pandemic — and forcing citizens to turn to social media to plea for medical help, financial assistance, or even such basic supplies as oxygen, food and hospital beds.
But with many people publicly sharing sensitive personal information — cellphone numbers, addresses, health conditions, family data, bank details — they open themselves up to possible data theft, fraud and other information abuses, experts told Digital Privacy News.