Privacy Concern Over Aarogya Setu App
- 04 Apr 2020
- 3 min read
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- They are of the view that there is a need for clarity on how the data collected by the app be stored and used by the government.
Aarogya Setu App
- Aarogya Setu app has been launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
- It will help people in identifying the risk of getting affected by the CoronaVirus.
- It will calculate risk based on the user's interaction with others, using cutting edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence.
- Once installed in a smartphone, the app detects other nearby devices with Aarogya Setu installed.
- The App will help the Government take necessary timely steps for assessing risk of spread of COVID-19 infection, and ensuring isolation where required.
- The key issue is there is not enough information available on what data will be collected, how long will it be stored and what uses it will be put to.
- No specification on the issue of how the government will use data if the data gets shared with the government of India.
- Additionally, there was also a question of proportionality with the app and whether it will be as effective as envisaged in containing the Covid-19 outbreak.
- India’s situation is different from countries like Singapore, where a good number of people have smartphones.
- In India compared to its population, smartphone users are very less which means very few people will be able to download the app.
- The Government of India must specify how it will deal with the app’s data and how long it will retain the server side data.
- According to the Supreme Court in the Puttaswamy judgement (2017), the right to privacy is a fundamental right and it is necessary to protect personal data as an essential facet of informational privacy.