Google and Apple have released the initial version of their contact tracing technology to fight the deadly Covid-19 which has disrupted the entire world. Both the tech giants have says that nearly 23 countries have shown interest in the technology develop to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, the Aarogya Setu App app develop by the Indian government might not work with the latest contact tracing standard, which has been develop by Google and Apple. Though the app has been downloaded over ten crore times, still some of the features might not work with Google and Apple’s privacy system.
The technology designed by Google and Apple does not track the location of the users whereas the app has the location tracking feature. Also, users can disable the contract tracing feature in technology developed by Google and Apple by uninstalling the app or disabling the exposure notification. Aarogya Setu app has been criticized for privacy concerns. However, the government of India has denied all the concerns, and it is against disabling the location data tracking in the Setu app.
Google and Apple have strictly marked that other than random Bluetooth identifiers no private data of users will be shared with the public authorities. The private data of the users will only be shared in case if the user is tested positive for Covid-19 or they will come near Covid-19 infected persons.
Government of India has made the app mandatory for the government employees. Also, people who are residing in the red zone have been advised to download the contact tracing app have saved themselves from the deadly virus. Indians can expect that the government will make Aarogya Setu app mandatory for Air Travel in India. If Aarogya Setu app is made compulsory, India will become the second nation after China, which will make a mobile app compulsory for Air travel. The government is awaiting the final confirmation from the Civil Aviation Ministry to make Aarogya Setu app mandatory for air travel in India.