May 032020
 May 3, 2020  Posted by  Healthcare, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Abhinav Sahay reports on developments involving Aarogya Setu, an app that the Indian government is requiring to help track and contain COVID-19. The app has raised a number of issued about dystopian surveillance and privacy.  Sahay reports:

The app’s formal induction as a containment tool was completed on May 1, when the government made its use mandatory for people in containment zones and for office goers, which led to questions around data protection and privacy raised by the opposition parties and also some experts. While Rahul Gandhi called it a “sophisticated surveillance tool” being controlled by a “private operator”, the ruling party slammed the criticism as motivated and ill-informed.

Read more on Hindustan Times.

In related coverage, Dhruv Shekhar has an opinion column on FirstPost that you may wish to also read:

Sensitive nature of data validates privacy concerns over Centre’s Aarogya Setu app; legislation with ‘sunset clause’ can curb potential misuse.

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