INTRO: India’s latest invention COVID-19 contact-tracing app, named Aarogya Setu, has been installed by more than 100 million which is almost (10 crore) netizens within just 41 days of its launch after Covid-19 entered in India. The application, which is recommended mandatory for all private-and public-sector employees, and it had hit 50 million downloads within just 13 days of its launch. The app was officially launched on April 6th, and is available on both Android and iOS.
Aarogya Setu Helps Asses Risk of Contracting COVID-19
The health check related App made By Indian Government is currently available in almost 11 languages, including English, Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Oriya and Telugu, the app helps the people assess or check whether their risk of contracting COVID-19 is high or less or what is the status by using Bluetooth and GPS of the device of the user to track whether the user has been in close contact with anyone who is infected with the virus.
Application Gaining Popularity Day by Day
Even if the Aarogya Setu continues to climb the stairs of popularity charts slowly and gradually, concerns regarding all its safety and data-privacy policies continue to remain unaddressed and are a major concern for its users. According to a cyber-security researcher, Baptiste Robert aka Elliot Alderson, he says that a serious security vulnerability is in the app which may have breached the privacy of its users by revealing their exact location to the potential hackers and other malicious actors on it.
Data Access & Knowledge Sharing Protocol
But the Indian govt has denied all the allegations of security vulnerabilities or breaches, which are claiming that the issues that are pointed out by the researcher are in the app ‘by design’. The Ministry of Home Affairs also issued a new set of guidelines called as Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol for all the storing and processing data that got collected through the controversial app, but most of the cyber-security researchers and civil liberty advocates remain unconvinced with it.
Many of the legal experts are also pointing out on the basis of the government directive, with former Supreme Court Judge, B. N. Srikrishna, who is calling the order “utterly illegal”.