Aarogya Setu’s new Guidelines; caught up in another controversy

After the security breach French hacker controversy Indian Government has issued some guidelines for processing of data collected through Aarogya Setu app. It prohibits the storage of data for more than 6 months and declared jail term for violators. As privacy is an important aspect of the app, according to these guidelines, users can delete their data from record within 30 days.

“Lot of work has been done over data privacy. A good privacy policy has been made to ensure that personal data of people are not misused. We provide these information to check an area from becoming a hotspot. Privacy is an important aspect of Aarogya Setu,”

Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) Secretary Ajay Sawhney

Henceforth, the Aarogya Setu app will now only fetch demographic, contact, self assessment and location data of persons infected by the coronavirus or the one who comes in contact with infected person. However, the data without personal information will be shared with researchers for research purpose. Penalties, as per section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act (2005), will be presented to violators.

On Monday, Indian Railways relieved passengers availing them Indian Railway’s special trains to be started today — 15 pairs of special trains will run between Delhi and other major cities. However, the railway ministry tweeted that, it is mandatory for the passengers to install the Aarogya Setu app in their phones.
B N Srikrishna, former Supreme Court Judge, asserted this decision as foul, calling it as “utterly illegal”.

About 9.8 crore Indians have installed the app on their phones so far.

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