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Aarogya Setu RTI Row: Ministry Issues Clarification; Says Names of All Persons Associated with App Shared in Public Domain

Lawstreet Journal 31 Oct 2020 12:22am

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In a classic case of the left hand of government not knowing what the right hand is doing, hours after the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) was pulled up by the Central Information Commission (CIC) for claiming not to have information on the origins of the Aarogya Setu app, the same ministry issued a press release saying everything about the app was already in the public domain.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had made the contact tracing app mandatory for those traveling and for several other activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to the CIC’s order – which also raised questions on whether there could have been a breach of personal data because of the app – the MeitY later issued a clarification, saying the “AarogyaSetu App was launched by Government of India in public-private partnership mode”.

“Since 2nd April 2020, regular press releases and updates have been issued on AarogyaSetu App including making the source code available in Open-domain on 26th May 2020. The names of all those associated with the development of the App and management of the App ecosystem at various stages were shared when the code was released in Open/Public Domain and the same was shared widely in media also,” the release continues. The ministry has also said that the “AarogyaSetu has proved to be very useful in India’s fight against COVID19″.

In response to a right to information query, though, the Central agencies involved in the development of the app had claimed to have no information about… Continue Reading...

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