This statement was originally published on sflc.in on 2 May 2020.
India is the only democratic country that has mandated the use of a contact tracing app for its citizens. The mandatory use of such an app will further exclude sections of the population which have been digitally excluded. The Government has gone back on its earlier promise on the Aarogya Setu app being voluntary. There is no reason for India, which is similarly placed as other countries, to do things in a way that affects the rights of citizens.
It is imperative for an app that collects the data of all citizens to be open source as this allows for its code to be audited by the developer community and security experts. The app has already been found to be vulnerable and such an app cannot be forced on the citizens risking their data and security.
Most countries have opted for a data minimalistic and decentralised approach, whereas the Aarogya Setu app goes against these accepted principles.
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Source: MEDIA FEED