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Compulsory use of Aarogya Setu App May Lead to Legal Complications: Tech Experts to Government

Lawstreet Journal 5 May 2020 3:43pm

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Aarogya Setu - a mobile application launched on both Android and iOS platforms is a COVID-19 tracking system which keeps on the cases at the individual level and is thereby considered as a useful means for eliminating the virus. Developed by the National Informatics Centre which comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the app was launched during the first phase of lockdown (from 25th March 2020 to 14th April 2020) and has been used by the Government ever since to gather relevant data.

The mobile application (available on Google Play Store on Android smartphones and App Store for iPhones), helps individuals track the coronavirus infection by using the smartphone’s GPS and Bluetooth and provides information that will help in determining if at all one has been near a COVID-19 infected person.

It uses the device’s location to understand whether the user comes under the infected areas and also accesses the Bluetooth to determine if he or she has been within six feet from the infected person. 

In a directive issued on Friday, 1st May 2020 as part of the third phase of lockdown, the Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that the “use of Aarogya app shall be made mandatory for all employees, both public and private” and that “head of the respective organizations to ensure 100% coverage of this app among the employees”.

The move, however, has posed several questions on data privacy. According to Tech experts, the Government’s decision to make the app compulsory may lead to a series… Continue Reading...

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