[BangPypers] [X-post] Registrations are open

स्वक्ष svaksha at gmail.com
Wed Jun 5 09:04:48 CEST 2013

Sorry for the repeat mail - I meant to send it to the bangpypers list
as I am not on inpycon.

On 6/5/13, vijay <vnbang2003 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>  Hi,
>      Registrations are open for PyCon India 2013.
>        http://pyconindia2013.doattend.com/
>    Please spread the word and book your early-bird tickets.

I just booked my early-bird ticket and after the payment went through
DoAttend flagged my transaction because I did not want to provide my
personal details like my home address to a third-party website like
I would like to know why DoAttend insists on people wanting to pay
them money to provide them irrelevant personal details - their email
AFTER THE card payment WENT THROUGH, claims there is a "minor mismatch
between the billing address you entered and the one registered against
your chosen mode of payment" - fwiw, they use ebs.in as the payment
gateway which after taking your card details redirects you to your
bank's secure website, where the entire transaction actually occurs.
Hence, I highly doubt if my bank will give access to external sites
like Doattend within their online transaction system - if they do, it
just increases the security risk in my personal opinion. OTOH, If my
bank is giving access to my personal details to third-party websites
or even payment gateway providers, I would like to take up this
privacy breach with them.
PS: For those who care, the bank sends you a OTP which you can then
use to validate the transaction just for that instance <-- which is
how it should be.

The DoAttend email says, "Please confirm that this is your billing
address by replying to this email. Your e-Tickets will be
automatically delivered via email within the next 48 hours.
Transaction Number for your Reference : 68706".
Since they are sending the e-Tickets by email, WHY do they need my
Home Address? What does DoAttend do with these personal details? I
recall raising a similar query some years ago when their rep replied
on the inpycon list that they dont sell those details. If they dont
why do they collect it? Why do they even need it for making a payment?
It is the responsibility of my bank to verify my details and they do
that already. Also, other online payment sites that I use dont insist
on this information.

I have not yet replied to the DoAttend email flagging my transaction
AFTER they have received the payment. I wanted to raise this privacy
issue with the organizers first because this should be taken up with
DoAttend. So, can you do something about this please?

svaksha ॥ http://svaksha.com

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