Aarogya Setu App Hits 5 Crore Users in 13 Days of Launch

The Aarogya Setu app by the government has reached the milestone of five crore Consumers in Only 13 days of its launch.

The app, which will be projected to enable contact tracing to restrict the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in India, premiered on April 2. In 3 days of its launch, the Aarogya Setu program had crossed the milestone of 50 lakh supports. Amid the growth concerning new users, the Aarogya Setu program has also raised some privacy issues.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Wednesday announced the latest milestone for the Aarogya Setu program that has been established earlier this month as the government’s most important program for contact tracing in the country. Notably, the program appears to have added one crore, new consumers, within 24 hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi supported its own download whilst addressing the state on Tuesday.

Along with the prime minister, various government authorities and educational boards like the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have promoted the Aarogya Setu app.

The Aarogya Setu app is accessible for download on both the Android and iOS devices. It supports various Indic languages — alongside Hindi and English. Users need to provide Bluetooth and location accessibility allowing the Aarogya Setu program to perform its functions to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the nation. It asks a set of questions to the consumers to identify whether they are at the possibility of the coronavirus disease and also informs them if they’ve met with somebody who’s examined COVID-19 positive.

Although the government is encouraging people to download the Aarogya Setu app to limit the coronavirus outbreak, cybersecurity and cyber law experts have raised privacy issues on the basis of their underlying technology the app uses along with also the privacy policy it carries.

Shortly after the initiation of the Aarogya Setu app, the India division of the New York City-based Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC.in) alleged that it gathers sensitive personal information such as an individual’s gender and travel information that it stores in the cloud.


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