Should you install Aarogya Setu mobile app?

Ever since the beginning of Covid19 pandemic lockdown in India, Aarogya Setu mobile App is widely being shared on WhatsApp. In recent days, Aarogya Setu mobile app TV Commercial is also being aired across TV channels in India.

The mobile app is developed by Indian Government and is visibly being backed by it.

Although, Aarogya Setu is a mobile application developed by the Government of India to connect essential health services with the people of India; the app is also being used for contact tracing app. The Government claims that the contact tracing will help it control the spread of Corona virus (Covid19 pandemic). 

What is Contact tracing ?

If a person with the app installed in his/her mobile goes to place where a Corona Virus positive person is also present, then the mobile app will give an alert to the person about the presence of a Covid19 positive person there.    

The app uses location data via GPS trails (in addition to Bluetooth) to get to the exact location of the user. 

Should you Install Aarogya Setu mobile app? 

You decide yourself.

Do you want to give a mobile app your exact location any time?

The Aarogya Setu mobile app is designed is to get your exact location anywhere any hour. In addition, the kind of data being collected by the app is somewhat unclear. That apart, serious data safety and privacy concerns are being raised about the app because it uses GPS trails along with Bluetooth to find a person's location. 


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